Fatal shooting at St. Joseph's Hospital investigated

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX -- A person died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Carmelle Malkovich.

A statement from Malkovich said the person was a guest who was visiting a family member.

The area where the shooting occurred was quickly secured and no patients or employees were involved or injured. It happened at approximately 4 p.m.

Malkovich said the hospital has a no firearms policy and enhanced security.

Thousands of patients and families visit St. Joseph's every day and in its 120-history there has never been a shooting incident, according to Malkovich.

Hospital officials will be doing a thorough review of the situation.

Because of privacy regulations the hospital will not be releasing the names of individuals associated with the incident.

The Phoenix Police Department crisis team and the hospital's chaplains met with patients and staff.