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July 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Police: Gunman kills wife, himself at downtown Spokane medical center

The Associated Press

Update at 11:02 a.m.: SPOKANE— Police say a gunman fatally shot his wife Tuesday morning before turning the weapon on himself at a downtown Spokane medical center.

Spokane police said a man went to his wife’s workplace in the Deaconess Medical Center complex and opened fire.

Police said no one else was injured in the shooting.

“This is an apparent domestic violence incident,” said Monique Cotton, spokeswoman for Spokane police.

Identities and other details were not immediately available.

KHQ-TV reported that the couple had two children, who were found safe.

Deaconess Medical Center is a multi-building complex located next to Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane, a city of 210,000 people in eastern Washington.

The shooting occurred on the seventh floor of the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center, police said. Other people were in the office where the shooting occurred, police said.

The area was immediately evacuated, police said.

Police received a call about 9:38 a.m. that there had been a shooting at the medical complex, and responded in force, Cotton said.

“We took the precautions we take with an active shooter situation,” Cotton said.

The husband was still alive when reached by police, but died shortly after, police said.

Update at 10:48 a.m.: SPOKANE — Police say a gunman fatally shot his wife before turning the weapon on himself at a downtown Spokane medical center.

Spokane police said a man went to his wife’s workplace in the Deaconess Medical Center complex Tuesday morning and opened fire. He then killed himself.

Police said no one else was injured in the shooting.

Identities and other details were not immediately available.

Original post: SPOKANE— Police: 1 person dead in shooting at downtown medical complex in Spokane.

Police are urging residents to keep away from the area after getting the Tuesday morning reports about a shooting at a building in the complex.

KHQ-TV is reporting that the shooting occurred in the Deaconess Medical Center.

Other details were not immediately available.

This post will be updated.

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