Westchester Shooting: Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, Evacuated, Live Updates

UPDATE: 4:12 p.m. ET— Police identified the two victims as 71-year-old Richard DeLucia and his wife, 70-year-old Ann DeLucia. Police found evidence in the couple's home in Yorktown, New York, that suggested his actions may have been premeditated

UPDATE: 12:04 p.m. ET—Commissioner Thomas Gleason said during a press conference that at 9:39 a.m. EST Westchester County Police received reports of shots fired on the fourth floor of the hospital and three officers were on the scene within three minutes.
Upon reaching a room on the fourth floor, officers discovered two gunshot victims and a .38 caliber revolver on the floor. Westchester Medical Center personnel attempted to administer first aid to the victims, but they later were pronounced dead.

The two victims include a female patient at the hospital and a male, who was visiting. Both victims were in their 70s and Gleason said it appears to be a murder-suicide situation. Police have not identified the victims yet.

"It should be stressed this is an isolated incident," Gleason said and added that it appears there was a relationship between the man and the woman. "It appears to be a family-type situation."

Cara Bennorth, the chief administrative officer at the medical center, said during the press conference that staff responded "fantastically." The hospital's 24-hour on-site security also responded immediately to the situation.

An active investigation is being conducted at the hospital and the medical center is providing counseling to anyone at the hospital who needs it. The firearm was properly licensed to the male victim.

UPDATE: 11:46 a.m. ET— The Westchester County Department of Public Safety said in a statement to WNBC that there is no "ongoing threat" to anyone in the hospital or any other medical institution at the Westchester Medical Center.

Original Story: The Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, was placed on lockdown while police responded to reports of shots being fired inside the hospital.

Newsweek reached out to the Westchester County Police Department, who responded to the scene, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Dr. Srihari S. Naidu, who is the director of both the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at the medical center, told Newsweek that the PA system informed employees of an active shooter situation on Wednesday morning. About a half hour later employees were given the all-clear and were told they could move about the hospital, although, no one is able to enter the building.

"You don't expect this to happen," Naidu told Newsweek.

Westchester Medical Center employee Jaime Kuh told Tania Savayan, a video journalist for The Journal News that she arrived at work in the morning and was notified by hospital personnel that they had been evacuated because of a shooter on the fourth floor.

The medical center is responsible for treating over 120,000 patients each year, according to the hospital's website, and the Maria Fareria Children's Hospital is the only all-specialty children's hospital in the area.

In 2004, doctors at the Westchester Medical Center diagnosed former President Bill Clinton with heart disease and identified several severely clogged arteries, which lead to Clinton having heart surgery, according to The New York Times.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Westchester medical center shooting
Police tape marks the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. On Wednesday, the Westchester County Police Department responded to reports of shots being fired at the Westchester Medical Center. Two victims, a husband and wife, were identified and police determined it to be a murder-suicide. Mat Hayward/Getty Images
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