Suspect arrested after shooting at Omaha hospital

2011-04-06T18:30:00Z Suspect arrested after shooting at Omaha hospitalThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 06, 2011 6:30 pm  • 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A gunman shot a man Wednesday in the lobby of an Omaha hospital, and the suspect was quickly apprehended by a swarm of officers already inside the building to keep watch as a sheriff's deputy was treated for a gunshot wound in an unrelated case.

Creighton University Medical Center was placed on lockdown soon after the shooting, which was reported about 3:40 p.m., Omaha police officer Michael Pecha said. Pecha said the man who was wounded had injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said he didn't think the shooting was related to another earlier in the day in which a suspect was killed and a deputy wounded. However, because the deputy was being treated inside the hospital at the time there was a large police force on site.

Dunning estimated there were at least 50 law enforcement officers less than 300 feet away when the hospital shooting occurred.

"The place was crawling with cops right now, so to speak, so it wasn't a great day to be doing that in the lobby," Dunning said.

Hospital spokeswoman Kelsey Archer declined comment.

The hospital was the scene of a fatal shooting in September. Jeffrey Layten, of Valley, pointed a handgun at a team of four officers when they confronted him in the hospital lobby, police have said.

Layten fired, wounding two officers. Police then returned fire, fatally hitting Layten. Hours before the shooting, Layten fled a crash scene in Ralston following a high-speed police chase in nearby La Vista.

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