Police identify 3 sought after gun fired in Wichita hospital pediatric unit
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita police said Friday that they have identified the three people being sought in connection to gunfire inside a local hospital.
The incident happened Monday after 7 p.m. in the secured pediatric unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis. Police said a female caretaker arrived at the hospital with a child. The child's mother then arrived in the pediatric unit. While the mother was out of the room, the caretaker and two other females remained in the room.
A shot was fired. The bullet ricocheted off the floor, went through a door and into an adjacent room. Investigators were not able to find a shell casing. No one was hurt, but the females who had been in the room left the hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to call WPD investigators at (316) 268-4407, or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.
Statement from Ascension Via Christi:
On Monday evening, staff reported what appears to be a negligent discharge of a firearm to hospital security, who responded within minutes and immediately contacted WPD. WPD determined there was no immediate threat to staff, patients or their families. We are implementing steps to continue communicating with staff and provide an additional layer of security in our locked Pediatrics unit.
We are currently assessing whether additional security measures are needed throughout our hospitals and clinics as the safety of our patients, staff and visitors is our top priority.
Because this is an ongoing WPD investigation, we are deferring any further questions to WPD.
President, Ascension Via Christi St. Francis