A security guard was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday after he was shot near the entrance of the psychiatric emergency services wing of University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati police officials said.
Officers responded to a report of a possible active shooter in the 3200 block of Burnet Avenue around 2 p.m. They closed Burnet Avenue near Martin Luther King Drive East and Reading Road.
"There are metal detectors. From what I understand, it was noticed right away that he was armed and he began to fire shots, from what I'm told at this point," Chief Eliot Isaac said.
Eyewitnesses said they counted at least eight shots.
"It happened that fast, like I said, I could say all... all eight shots happened within five seconds. Everything happened that fast. The response was good, they made everybody get back," witness Bryant Hyde said.
By 2:30 p.m., police said they'd stabilized the scene.
The security officer, whose name was not released, was taken to UC Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
He was unarmed, Isaac said.
The gunman then turned the weapon on himself and died from a self-inflicted wound, the chief said.
His name also was not released.
Cincinnati police are expected to release more information during a news conference Thursday.
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TRAFFIC UPDATE - Police activity on Burnet Ave. is impacting patient and family access to Burnet Campus. Our main garage is only accessible from the North at this time. Families who cannot get through on Burnet take Harvey or Vine north to Erkenbrecher then Burnet into our drive.