The accused gunman of a shooting that occurred at Ochsner LSU Health-St. Mary Medical Center hospital Wednesday morning and left one injured in the leg is in custody, Shreveport police announced.
Just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Shreveport police announced on Twitter that 41-year-old Taniel Cole was in custody. The post indicated that additional information would be released later.
Shreveport police told The Times that Cole was captured in Mississippi near the Alabama state line.
Cole was identified earlier in the day by police as the suspected shooter of an incident at the medical facility that left a man with a non-life-threatening injury in the leg. Police said he was wanted for attempted second-degree murder.
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The shooting occurred around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Shreveport police said a man entered the medical facility, shot another man in the leg and then fled.
Numerous law enforcement agencies were at the medical facility searching for Cole.
“Pretty much every agency in northwest Louisiana (is) on scene with their SWAT teams and we’re doing a very slow, methodical search of this very, very large building which we expect to take most of the day,” Shreveport Angie Willhite told The Times on Wednesday morning.
Willhite said the suspect reportedly declared to harm anyone that tries to take him into custody.
“This suspect has declared that he will kill any law enforcement officer or anybody that tries to take him into custody. This is a very, very serious and dangerous situation for our officers and potentially for our public,” Willhite told The Times.
As of about 10:30 a.m., Shreveport police said the search at the medical facility is complete and Cole was not located inside.
“We have had multiple SWAT teams search this building from basement to roof, including crawlspace and attics, and that’s what took so many hours to do. The man is not in (this building),” Willhite told the media.
“…as of right now, we can’t confirm that he has left our area, we can just confirm that he has left this building,” Willhite continued.
Police said they have the suspect’s vehicle at the scene of the hospital.
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Preliminary information indicated the suspect knew the victim, but investigators no longer believe the two had a relationship. The incident is being treated as a random incident, police said.
In an update around 11:30 a.m., Shreveport police chief Ben Raymond told the media that it is still early in the investigation, and whatever may have stemmed the shooting incident remains under investigation.
“So I’m not sure if this point if this might have been domestic-related or whether the suspect was upset at a particular individual, and whether or not the person he was originally upset with is indeed the person that got shot. There’s so many things that can happen in an environment when you have patients and hospital staff and citizens off the street, so, all that will be determined during the investigation,” Raymond said.
Police ask all patients who may have appointments at Ochsner LSU Health-St. Mary Medical Center hospital to redirect and seek their services at the Ochsner LSU Health facility on Kings Highway.
Willhite said that this morning officers first responded to the scene and treated it as an active shooter situation because that’s how they received the call.
At around 11 a.m., Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport released a statement concerning the incident:
“Today was difficult for the staff, patients and visitors at Ochsner LSU Health St. Mary Medical Center as we responded to a shooting this morning. We immediately followed our emergency and safety protocols, which included locking down the facility. One person was injured with a non-life-threatening condition. We received confirmation from the Shreveport Police Department that the perpetrator is no longer on our campus and out of the area. There is currently no danger to the staff and the hospital is resuming normal operations.
The safety and well-being of our employees, patients and visitors are our first priority. We take security very seriously and are vigilant about keeping our campus, employees, patients and visitors safe. We would like to thank our employees who acted swiftly in a challenging and stressful situation. We are providing dedicated crisis intervention, pastoral care and licensed social workers to support our staff at this time.
We are unable to comment further as we are working with the proper authorities during this investigation and giving them our complete cooperation.”
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This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Shreveport police: Hospital shooting suspect captured in Mississippi