Man accused of killing hospital colleague and injuring police officers | New
PHILADELPHIA – A man was charged with murder and other charges on Tuesday in the shooting death of a colleague at the Philadelphia hospital where they both worked and the subsequent injury to two officers in a crossfire fire near a school.
Stacey Hayes, 55, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault against law enforcement, gun crimes and related offenses in the attack that killed Anrae James, 43, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, police said.
It is not known if Hayes has a lawyer who could answer the charges; the phone numbers listed in his name were not working on Tuesday.
Hayes was wearing scrubs when he shot James, from the suburb of Elkins Park, on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson Teaching Hospital just after midnight Sunday, authorities said. James, a nursing assistant, was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday. Early media reports said Hayes was a nurse or orderly, but the hospital did not confirm his job description.
The gunman fled in a box truck, and shortly before 1:30 a.m., police responded to a report of gunfire on Monday in the Parkside neighborhood of west Philadelphia near the School of the Future , bordering Fairmount Park.
Police found the suspect in a bulletproof vest and with weapons, including a rifle and handgun, police said. He opened fire and four policemen fired back, seriously injuring his upper body and neck, police said.
Police said one of the injured officers had an elbow injury requiring surgery, while another was scratched on the nose.
Chief Inspector Frank Vanore told the Philadelphia Inquirer it was not clear if Hayes was supposed to be working at the time, but detectives believe he used the employee entrance. Investigators are still trying to find out why he could have targeted his colleague, he said.
“We have not discovered any hostility between them, nor any issues that we can report,” Vanore said.
James, also a part-time barber, has been described as a father who worked twice to provide for his three children and a gifted prankster at gathering people around his barber chair, reported the Inquirer.
Jefferson Health released a statement Monday afternoon saying guns are banned on its campuses and promising “a thorough review” of security protocols. Guidance will be available for employees and patients, the company said.
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