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Shooting aftermath spills over to Longview hospital

By Sarah Thomas
May 7, 2013 at 11 p.m.

The aftermath of a South Longview shootout culminated in an altercation between more than 30 people Tuesday in the parking lot of a Longview hospital.

Longview police said two people arrived in personal vehicles at about 1:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Medical Center with minor gunshot wounds.

Police suspect the men were shooting at each other in the 1200 block of Lorin Drive off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian.

One of the men, who tried to run after he was released from the hospital, was arrested and jailed on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and escape, Brian said.

Longview police are trying to determine what led to the incident and whether more people were involved.

Brian said police have not determined whether the shooting is gang-related, but a man outside the hospital Tuesday said, "It was just ... shooting wild."

More than 60 people hovered around the the emergency room entrance as detectives and police interviewed possible witnesses and gathered evidence from a black Ford Crown Victoria and a light blue Chrysler 300 - the cars used to bring the victims to the hospital.

With the police investigation ongoing in the parking lot and a growing crowd, Kenny Jernigan, director of hospital security, said the emergency room was placed on lock down.

"Our standard protocol is anytime we have a stabbing or shooting and police tell us the suspect is unknown, we lock down our ER," Jernigan said.

Officers eventually had to disperse the crowd when an altercation - punctuated by shoving and shouting - erupted between two groups.

Police officers and GSMC security guards yelled for the crowd to break up and leave, but the crowd did not respond until a police officer pulled out his stun gun and fired it at the ground, ordering the crowd to leave the hospital.

Before leaving, one woman in the crowd told officers, "This isn't over yet."

Police declined to say if they were on alert for continued violence, and Brian declined to release names of either shooting victim.



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