This morning there was an officer-involved shooting in the east lobby of the Creighton University Medical Center. The incident is now over. No patients, employees, students or faculty are at risk or were harmed. Shots were fired and two officers were injured as well as the suspect. The suspect was not a hospital patient or employee and it appears the incident has no relation to the hospital or Creighton University. Local police had been in search of this suspect and are investigating what happened.
Creighton University physicians and health care workers are currently treating the injured officers and the suspect. One officer has been released and the other is in fair condition. The suspect is in critical condition.
We are extremely grateful to the Omaha Police department for their exceptional job of stabilizing the situation and disarming the suspect. We have the families of those involved in our thoughts and prayers.
Today’s shooting coupled with the shooting yesterday at the University of Texas at Austin, reminds us all of the fragility of life and of the need to be safe—even on college campuses.
We need to make use of the tools available to us in this regard. Make sure you are part of the University’s emergency notification system CUAlert. CUAlert delivers personalized messaging simultaneously via text, multiple phone numbers, and e-mail and is designed to complement communication tools already used by Creighton. I am asking everyone to register for this service. Simply go to http://www.creighton.edu/cualert/ and follow the instructions.
If you don't already have these numbers in your mobile phone address book, please ADD THEM NOW…
Finally, these incidents can also take an emotional toll. Leadership within our health sciences and at the hospital are reaching out to health care workers to provide support and counseling if needed. Here on campus, students are reminded of the counseling support available through our Center for Health and Counseling at 280.2735 and Campus Ministry is also available to those who might need pastoral support by calling 280.2735.