What Really Happened?
Anrae James, a 43-year-old nurse has been identified as the victim who was shot by a colleague inside Thomas Jefferson University Hospital early Monday morning 4th of September 2021.
Two Philadelphia police officers were also injured after they exchanged gunfire with the suspect in West Philadelphia.
Investigators have identified the male suspect as 55-year-old Stacey Hayes, who fled the scene in a U-Haul vehicle after the wicked act.
Hayes Incident in the 16th District
About an hour later, a passerby was also shot by Hayes in the 16th District police officers at the School of the Future at 40th and Parkside.
Then witnesses informed officers that there was a man in scrubs armed with a long gun who was potentially firing shots into the air, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
Four 16th District police officers encountered Hayes on the 4100 block of Parkside Avenue.
It happened that Hayes began firing at the officers, and all four returned fire. Two officers were struck by gunfire during the shootout.
According to the police, One officer, a 30-year-old man, is in critical but stable condition after he was shot in the elbow. A 32-year-old officer is in stable condition after he suffered a graze wound to the nose. Both are expected to survive and the 30-year-old officer’s injuries will require surgery. One of the officers has since been released from the hospital.
Hayes was also shot during the exchange of gunfire. He was struck in the upper body and in the neck. He was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
It was reported that Hayes was wearing body armor and was carrying multiple weapons, including a handgun and a long gun that is believed to be an AR-15.
Report also say that 55-80 rounds were fired by the suspect during the shootout with police.
Both guns were recovered from the scene where dozens of evidence markers could be seen as daylight broke Monday.
Also, the school of the Future switched to virtual learning for the day Monday, as police continue to process the shooting scene.
Police have said Hayes worked at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with the Anrae James. James is believed to have been the intended target, and police say there is no further threat to the community.
Jefferson Hospital officials stressed the importance they place on safety. ” Safety and security is a top priority for Jefferson. A thorough review will take place to ensure best practices in our safety protocols for all Jefferson facilities.”
Jefferson Hospital officials also made this statement following Anrae James death.
“Today, we mourn our colleague who died early this morning during a gun violence incident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. There is a flood of sadness for all of us. Our hearts are broken as we stand together to remember our colleague and recognize his teammates who tried to save him and protect other patients in the area. We also value the bravery of our security guards, as well as Philadelphia police who were injured in apprehending the suspect. You are all heroes. We stand united against violence. Today, we stand with each other, offer an extra measure of grace to each other, and encourage employees to reach out for help if they, or a colleague is in distress.”
The investigation is ongoing.