FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2010, 9:30 a.m.
Baton Rouge, LA—As a result of a purported domestic dispute, shots were fired at Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Mid City hospital, 3600 Florida Boulevard. The incident involved two visitors to the hospital around 12:35 a.m. on Friday morning (September 3, 2010), leaving two visitors injured, one with life-threatening injuries. The East Baton Rouge Police Department is currently looking for Darrell Garner, age 36, who is still at large and wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
East Baton Rouge police officers remain on the scene, after lifting a four-hour lockdown of the hospital. When police arrived on the scene they secured the area and searched the entire hospital to ensure the safety of all patients, families and staff. No employees or patients were injured during the shooting, and normal shift operations have since resumed.
“We are deeply saddened that domestic situations have spilled over into a community hospital setting,” said Bill Holman, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center. “Hospitals should be a place for healing and wellness.”
Holman noted, “We thank the East Baton Rouge Police Department for their very fast and strong response to the situation and for dedicating so many officers to the response. We also thank our employees for responding appropriately in this emergency to ensure the safety of patients, and for their actions to provide care for those involved. It is our hope that the police will quickly apprehend the individual responsible for this and we thank the community for the outpouring of support.”
We will provide further updates on www.brgeneral.org .
About Baton Rouge General
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. For more information, please visit www.brgeneral.org .