Felon shot inside Wisconsin Children's Hospital

6:53 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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Police shot a fugitive felon inside Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on Thursday after he pulled a gun while visiting the neonatal unit, the Milwaukee County sheriff said.

Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said no patients or staff were injured. The wounded suspect was taken to another hospital in the complex in the suburb of Wauwatosa. He did not name the suspect or describe his wounds.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing law enforcement source, identified the suspect as 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks, who was wanted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The paper said he was shot in one of his wrists.

Clarke said at a news conference that officers went to the 7th floor of the hospital about noon after being tipped off at 11:11 a.m. that the suspect would be there. The suspect was holding a baby when officers approached and said he was under arrest. The suspect put down the baby and fled down a hallway, flashing a handgun and turning toward officers as he ran.

Clarke said officers fired several shots; the suspect did not fire.

"This is not a situation where a guy came in to shoot somebody," he said.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspect is the infant's father. The Journal Sentinel said records show he has drug and other felony convictions dating to 2009.

The hospital was locked down for about two hours.

"I'm upset about this world," Carolee Malen, an emergency room social worker, told the paper. "You can't go to a spa, you can't go to a mall, you can't go to a Batman movie, and now it's Children's Hospital."

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