A nurse was killed in a stabbing rampage in an East Texas surgery center as she tried to protect her patients from the attacker, according to the CEO of the hospital where it happened.
Four other people were wounded. The police found and arrested a suspect in the parking lot soon after the Nov. 26 incident at Good Shepherd Medical Center's ambulatory surgical center in Longview, Texas.
Nurse Gail Sandidge was fatally injured while “protecting her patients in an act of courage,” Good Shepherd President and CEO Steve Altmiller said in a written statement. “Nurses are protectors by nature, and Gail fit this profile.”
Altmiller said the suspect, identified by Longview police as Kyron Templeton, 22, was the son of one of the surgery center's patients. He was charged with murder and aggravated assault.
A second employee, identified at a news conference as Karen Bobo, was also injured and was treated and released, Altmiller said. Of the three visitors at the center who were wounded, one remained in critical condition Wednesday. Another was reported to be in good condition and a third was treated and released. —Steven Ross Johnson