One person has passed away and another has been injured following an attempted murder-suicide at Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
Capitol Police in Jackson were informed that the suspect we now know was 95-year-old Cecil Ivey was visiting his spouse 92-year-old Loyce Ivey, who was a patient at the hospital, before shooting the individual around 2:00 a.m.
The suspect then entered another hospital room before shooting themself. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has confirmed that the victim is currently in critical but stable condition, but the shooter died from their wounds.
The hospital issued a statement regarding the shooting shortly after:
We are shocked by the domestic-related shooting involving a patient and their spouse in their early 90s that occurred in our hospital overnight. None of our staff or other patients were involved or harmed, and we have enacted our security protocols as a precaution.
Our priorities now are the mental and emotional health and well-being of our staff and providing resources to help them deal with this trauma. While patients and visitors will notice an increased security presence during the next few days, our hospital will remain open and our staff will continue to provide care for our community.
We are praying for the surviving family and our staff, and we ask that you direct any questions about this tragedy to the police department.
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