Two Dead In University Of Pittsburgh Clinic Shooting

Two Dead In University Of Pittsburgh Clinic Shooting

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A gunman opened fire inside a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, this afternoon.

Quoting police, the AP reports two people are dead and at least seven others were shot. A spokesman for the medical center said the gunman is among the dead. The AP adds:

"The gunfire at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh erupted Thursday afternoon.

"Neighboring buildings have been placed on lockdown, police said. Police initially were looking for a second gunman, but the medical center says police later reported there was only one.

"A SWAT team was on the scene. A street was blocked off, and the area thronged with police. Most students are on spring break, though offices and buildings have been open."

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Update at 5:14 p.m. ET. Calm After The Shooting:

The Post Gazette says it took two hours for police to give an all clear. At that time, the Gazette says, "police and other authorities streamed in and out of the building's front entrance unhurried.

The paper adds:

"A couple of dozen staff were escorted out in a line, as well. Two armored vehicles remained parked near the entrance, while staff in nearby Crabtree Hall were told to remain away from windows.

"Several dozen people, including some middle and high school students attending a robotics competition stand on the second floor of the Petersen Events Center, some licking ice cream."

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. Building Secured:

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says the building has been secured and that the victims are being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, which is across the street from the shooting.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talked to one woman who said when she returned from lunch, another woman yelled for her to stay out of the building:

"The woman said there was a shooter in the first floor lobby and that at least five people had been hit, including a Pitt police officer who was struck while walking in the front door.

"'A few seconds later and we would have been in the lobby,' she said, adding that she was grateful she and her friends had stalled their return to the hospital."

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