ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCBD) – One person was wounded and another taken into custody early Wednesday after a shooting at Regional Medical Center’s emergency department in Orangeburg.
Authorities say the shooter arrived at the emergency room just before 7:23 a.m. and left about an hour later.
A responding physician and nurse attempted to contact the patient but was unable to do so.
The individual returned to the emergency room with a weapon at about 8:50 a.m. and began shooting inside the building.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department was immediately notified and responded to the scene and apprehended the suspect within minutes.
At that time, the hospital was locked down while law enforcement conducted a room-by-room search to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and medical staff.
A Regional Medical Center employee was shot by the suspect and underwent surgery immediately. That patient was listed in critical condition.
The hospital returned to normal operations a few hours later, but the emergency room remained on lockdown and did not reopen until after 2:00 p.m.
Authorities say they do not know what led to the shooting. The subject has not yet been identified.