UPDATE: One Good Shepherd employee killed, 4 other people injured in hospital stabbing
POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 1:05pm
Longview, TX (KETK) — One person is dead and four are injured, one critically, after a stabbing at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview on Tuesday morning.
The Longview Police Department tells KETK that they were called to GSASC at 707 East Marshall Ave just before 7:00 a.m.
When officers arrived, they found five people had been stabbed and the suspected stabber, Kyron Templeton, 22, of Longview, had already left the scene.
One of the victims was hospital employee Gail Sandidge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Another hospital employee, Karen Bobo, was treated and released.
Three visitors at the surgical center were also injured, one of them critically. They have been identified as Harris Teel, Teresa Allison, and Melissa Sims. Teel is reportedly in critical condition.
Templeton was located near the intersection of 6th St. and Patton St. shortly after police arrived on scene. According to court documents, he told officers that "they [were] trying to kill my mother." According to hospital officials, Templeton's mother is a patient at the hospital.
The suspected murder weapon, a knife, was also found outside near the surgical center.
Gregg County Judicial Records
Templeton was arraigned Tuesday afternoon, charged with Murder and four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. His bail has been set at $2 million for the murder charge and $150,000 for each charge of aggravated assault.
Good Shepherd President and CEO Steve Altmiller tells KETK that the stabbing was an isolated incident.
"There was a team of heroes who responded to protect their patients from harm," Altmiller said. "Gail was protective of her patients, and lost her life."
He also wanted to thank the community for their continued support and prayers. In a statement posted on the Good Shepherd Facebook page earlier on Tuesday, hospital authorities said, "May this help each and every one of us as we remember we are a place of hope and healing. God Bless us all."
Gail Sandidge's family tells KETK that she "loved being a nurse." They also said that they are handling the situation as well as they can be, but that they did not wish to make any further comment at this time.
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There is no motive for the stabbing as of yet, and the investigation is ongoing. Police are still interviewing witnesses and working with hospital security to connect the dots.
KETK will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.