SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WRIC) — The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that two people are dead after a shooting inside a hospital room on the fourth floor of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Authorities do not believe anyone at the hospital or nearby area are in danger.
Detectives are investigating the shooting, which took place inside a patient’s room at 9:15 a.m., according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
Authorities said the shooting was heard by medical personnel and was isolated to a room where two victims, described as “elderly individuals,” were found dead.
An investigation revealed that Pamela Turella, a 76-year-old patient at the hospital, was fatally shot by her husband Alexander Turella, 80, who then took his own life in the room.
“Our staff is understandably shaken and saddened by the tragedy that occurred this morning. This was an isolated domestic incident and we are assisting police on their investigation,” HCA Virginia said in a statement. “We will be providing resources, including counseling, to those who may be impacted by what they experienced.”
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