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Hospital: Police say 2 dead in US clinic shooting, 7 injured
PITTSBURGH (AP) ' Gunfire at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh killed two people and injured seven others Thursday afternoon, the university's medical center said.
Police reported one of the dead was the gunman, said University of Pittsburgh Medical Center spokesman Paul Wood.
It was unclear whether the seven wounded people were patients, employees or family members, Wood said.
Neighboring buildings were placed on lockdown, police said.
Wood said media reports about a possible second gunman and a hostage situation at the clinic or at UPMC Presbyterian were unfounded.
"There was no hostage situation ever," Wood said. "There was a rumor out there that there was a second gunman. That, we believe, was never true."
A SWAT team was on the scene. A street was blocked off, and the area thronged with police. Most students are on spring break, though offices and buildings have been open.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said it had received some patients from the shooting but did not say how many or what their conditions were.
The clinic is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and one of several affiliated hospitals adjacent to the university campus. Other schools are nearby, including Carnegie Mellon, Carlow and Chatham universities.
Pete Finelli, who lives two blocks from the clinic and once worked there as a student nursing assistant, said security guards are always at the part of the building where it the shooting is believed to have occurred.
Patient rooms are on the upper floors, he said, but anyone on the first floor would have to be someone either being admitted or discharged.
"The only place a person would be on the first floor is the emergency room," he said.
Pitt sent out email and text alerts shortly after 2 p.m. to warn people of the shooting.
"An active shooter has been identified at Western Psychiatric Institute. Several injured. Possible second actor in Western Psych. Lockdown recommended until further notice. If safe to do so, tell others of this message," the alert said.