A TROUBLED MARRIAGE HAS COME TO A VIOLENT END INSIDE
DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER.
THAT'S WHERE SPOKANE POLICE SAY A HUSBAND SHOT HIS
AND THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF.
WE HAVE KXLY4 IN DEPTH COVERAGE OF THE DEACONESS SHOOTING
KYLEE CRUZ SPOKE TO A WOMAN WHO WAS THERE WHEN THE
JEFF HUMPHREY WHO WAS THE FIRST REPORTER ON THE SCENE
THIS MORNING AT THE ROCKWOOD CANCER TREATMENT CENTER.
IT WAS ABOUT THIS MORNING THAT THE FIRST CALLS CAME
WORKERS UP ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF THE DEACONESS HEALTH
AND EDUCATION BUILDING TOLD DISPATCHERS A MAN ARMED
WITH A PISTOL HAD GUNNED DOWN HIS WIFE IN FRONT OF
POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS CAME FROM AS FAR AWAY AS SPOKANE
VALLEY, CONCERNED THAT A GUNMAN INSIDE A HOSPITAL
WOULD FIND PLENTY OF EASY TARGETS.
georgia dierks/witness 43;54 i was kind of wondering
what's going on.
why they would need paramedics and fire trucks for
a hospital 44;01
POLICE RACED TO THE SEVENTH FLOOR CANCER CARE CENTER
WHERE SARAH LEVINE HAD BARRICADED THE DOOR OF HER
MOTHER'S ROOM AFTER HEARING MULTIPLE GUNSHOTS.
32;35 sara lavigne/witness i slammed the bed against
the door and laid on the floor and stretched out so
he couldn't get in 32;40
MEANWHILE THE SPOKANE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S NEW RESCUE
PARAMEDICS WEARING BALLISTIC VESTS AND HELMETS.
WORKED THEIR WAY TOWARD THE SHOOTING VICTIMS.
assistant chief brian schaeffer/spokane fire department
39;15 three teams in total, up to the sixth floor,
39;19 staged them in a stairwell, as soon as the area
was rendered safe by the police department we moved
those assets up to the patients and they immediately
started care 39;29
UNFORTUNATELY, THE UNHAPPY HUSBAND HAD SHOT HIS WIFE
MULTIPLE TIMES AND EVEN THOUGH THE RESCUE TASK FORCE
PACKS IN ADVANCED MEDICAL CARE, THEY WERE NOT ABLE
TO HELP HER.
dan torok/spokane police dept.
35;58 the preliminary information indicates this was
a husband and wife.
the husband came to his wife's place of employment,
which is in this building here and shot her before
turning the gun on himself 36;08
THE MURDER -SUICIDE HAPPENED SO QUICKLY THE BUILDING
WAS NEVER REALLY EVACUATED SO MOST PATIENTS WITH THEIR
OWN MEDICAL NEEDS WERE STILL
ABLE TO KEEP THEIR APPOINTMENTS.
37;56 the only thing the police have shut down at
this point and time is that particular suite in which
the shooting occurred.
access to the building is not restricted in any sense
by the police 38;04
AS SOON AS INVESTIGATORS REALIZED THIS COUPLE HAD
CHILDREN THEY USED THEIR POLICE CHAPLAIN TO NOTIFY
THIS MORNING THE KIDS HAD TWO PARENTS, TONIGHT THE
SELFISH ACTIONS OF THEIR FATHER HAS TAKEN AWAY BOTH
AND SO JEFF WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS COUPLE'S ROCKY
WELL UNTIL THE MEDICAL EXAMINER OR DEACONESS RELEASES
THEIR NAMES WE CAN'T RESEARCH COURT FILES FOR THINGS
LIKE PROTECTION ORDERS OR DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS.
WE HAVE HEARD THAT EITHER POLICE OR SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES
HAD RESPONDED TO THEIR HOME ON A PREVIOUS DOMESTIC
CALL FOR SERVICE.
WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE FOR YOU TOMORROW, SO WE CAN LEARN
FROM THIS TRAGEDY AND DO A BETTER JOB OF PREVENTING
IT WAS A TERRIFYING MORNING FOR THOSE ON THE HOSPITAL
FLOOR -- WHERE THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE.
ONE WOMAN EVEN BARRICADED HERSELF IN AN EXAM ROOM
WHEN SHE HEARD THE SHOOTER WAS INSIDE.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS LIVE OUTSIDE DEACONESS TONIGHT
WITH HER ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED.
SARA LAVIGNE IS ALREADY GOING THROUGH ENOUGH.
SHE JUST FOUND OUT HER MOM HAS CANCER.
TODAY WAS HER MOM'S FIRST APPOINTMENT.
THAT APPOINTMENT HAD JUST GOTTEN STARTED WHEN A GUNMAN
CAME ONTO THEIR FLOOR AND OPENED FIRE.
DEACONESS HOSPITAL TURNS INTO A SCENE OUT OF A MOVIE.
AS A MAN WALKS INTO THE SEVENTH FLOOR, KILLS HIS WIFE
AT HER PLACE OF WORK.
THEN, TURNS ON THE GUN ON HIMSELF.
it was like a dream, i couldn't believe what happened
SARA LAVIGNE WAS SITTING IN A ROOM ON THE SAME FLOOR
OF THE SHOOTING.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER - A FEW HOURS LATER, AT HER
you know we hear footsteps and screaming, and the
nurse came running into our room and said there is
a gunman, get down and don't open the door
HER TWO YOUNG KIDS - JUST TWO AND SIX - ALSO INSIDE.
so i grabbed my kids, pushed them into a corner and
turned off the lights
SHE QUICKLY JUMPED INTO ACTION.
HER FOCUS: PROTECT HER TWO KIDS.
i grabbed the bed and pushed it in front of the door,
and i had them pretty much under me and i was stretched
out from the wall to the bed so that if he tried to
come in he couldn't
LAVIGNE HAD NO IDEA THE GUNMAN WAS THERE TO KILL HIS
SHE THOUGHT HE COULD BE OUT TO GET ANYONE.
BUT LAVIGNE KNEW.
SHE WAS GETTING OUT OF THIS HOSPITAL -- ALIVE WITH
HER TWO KIDS.
a mother's instincts are pretty intense and all i
could think about was my kids
HOURS AFTER THE SHOOTING, LAVIGNE IS STILL SHAKEN
UP BUT DOING MUCH BETTER.
TONIGHT, SHE'S GOING TO HOLD ONTO HER KIDS -- EXTRA
THEIR YOUNG EYES HAVE SEEN WAY TOO MUCH IN JUST ONE
SARA WANTS TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE BRAVE NURSE WHO
ALTERED THEM OF THE GUNMAN AND PUT HERSELF IN HARM'S
WAY TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.