(CMR) As the police grapple with unraveling the various theories from Thursday night's quadruple shooting to catch a killer, the Health Services Authority has issued an advisory to their employees that strict visiting protocols and additional security are now in place. Staff is being asked to remain vigilant to keep all members of staff and patients safe during these heightened times.
Immediately after the intake of the three patients, the hospital was placed in a security lockdown until all shooting victims were secure and stable. All four victims were treated at the government-owned Health Services Authority with one being in the Critical Care Unit (CCU), one being in the morgue and one being in the emergency room. CMR understands that at least one of the victims has been released with non-life-threatening injuries.
Sources have indicated that an advisory was sent late Friday afternoon from Dr. Erica Simmons, Head of Clinics, to all managers that all HSA staff would have to present their employee ID with no exceptions being made. Additionally, all side doors will be locked with entrance permitted only through the front entrance on arrival. No one is permitted to allow anyone entrance with them without first checking in with security.
A log of all visitors will be kept by security including their name, contact details and who they are visiting. This will then be followed by a secondary verification from the relevant head nurse with a notation of what patient they are visiting.
Only one visitor per patient will be allowed on both the medical and surgical wards. Visitors to the Critical Care Unit will be allowed only at the discretion of the CCU Nurse Manager.
Staff is also encouraged to use the overly parking as additional security personnel will be given priority parking at the HSA.
There are numerous theories about the shooting in circulation including that victim four was actually at the scene and staged being shot elsewhere to distance himself from the incident. One persistent speculation is that the victims were not the intended parties and instead are innocent bystanders who “were in the wrong place at the wrong time” for what is believed to be a retaliatory shooting.
The police have not made any indications as to the line of inquiry they are pursuing at this early stage of the investigation.