SPOKANE, Wash. – Two people were fatally shot at Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center in the Deaconess Hospital complex Tuesday morning. Early reports indicated a man shot his wife and then himself, police said.
The medical center is located near Downtown Spokane, along West 5th and Monroe.
Authorities said an employee called 911 to report the shooting around 9:30 a.m. Sources told KREM 2 News the man walked into a lab area with a pistol and ambushed the woman. Witnesses said they heard six shots fired.
Spokane Police officials said the shooting appeared to be domestic violence-related. The female victim worked at the hospital, according to authorities. People who knew the victim indicated she was getting a restraining order against her husband because of threats and other problems.
Investigators said the shooting was isolated to the 7th floor. Police shut down the area where the shooting occurred. Otherwise, access to the building was not restricted, officials said. Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene but SPD officials reported there was no threat to the public.
Patients with appointments at the medical center would still be able to keep them Tuesday. Staff in the lobby would be directing those patients where to go, police said.