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Local incident prompts hospital to improve active shooter policy: Hospital educates staff members after shooting

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November 1, 2009

On March 29, a man shot and killed eight people at Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage, NC. CNN reported that seven patients and one nurse were killed by 45-year-old Robert Stewart, who was allegedly armed with a rifle, shotgun, and other weapons. Stewart was not an employee or a patient at the nursing home.
The shooting ended with a shoot-out between
Stewart and police officer Justin Garner, who wounded the gunman, according to CNN. Garner and two other people were wounded as well. At presstime, Stewart was being held at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC, charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and several assault charges. Stewart’s estranged wife worked as a nursing assistant at the nursing home and was there on the day of the shooting.
No one at Pinelake Health and Rehab Center on that Sunday morning could have predicted what was going to happen. Still, when staff members at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, VA, about three hours north of Carthage, found out what happened at Pinelake, they decided they would prepare in case such an event occurred at their facility.

Learn how Southampton Memorial Hospital prepared for the unlikely event of a shooting after a long-term care facility not too far from them suffered a terrible tragedy.



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