Dallas Hospital Shooting: How Others Reacted in Methodist

A man had a wife and daughter who worked on the same floor where the shooting took place that killed two employees. He tells what his family told him about the scene

DALLAS — Saturday morning’s deadly shooting at Dallas’ Methodist Hospital left nurses, doctors and staff at that faculty in Oak Cliff rocked.

Their days were spent waiting to hear from loved ones for reassurance that their friends and colleagues were safe.

Sources we spoke to told us that a Methodist Hospital police officer was on the fourth floor where the shooting occurred and told WFAA they believed it was his quick response to the shooting that saved lives Has.

Eddie Smith’s wife and daughter were yards from the fourth floor shooting when it happened.

“They pulled it off, which was a blessing,” Smith said, shaking as he described how his loved ones work in the maternity and delivery area, right next to where the shooting took place.

“She was screaming and screaming and crying,” Smith said of his daughter’s call, alerting him to what was going on. “I asked her to calm down. She said there is an active shooter on her floor.”

Sources tell us that all patients and hospital staff have been evacuated and taken to another floor. At this point, Smith’s loved ones were separated.

“She couldn’t find her mother, my wife,” Smith said.

Because his wife was hiding from the alleged shooter, 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez.

“She was hiding in the bathroom,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, Smith said he was doing everything in his power to get to the hospital to be with his family.

“Right about the time it happened, your mind was racing,” he said. “I ran over some lights to get here.”

Police said two hospital workers died at the scene, including a nurse.

“I still ache for the one who lost her life,” Smith said. “For all the nurses and doctors on this floor, that’s what they have to go through as far as they think about it for the rest of their lives. My heart and prayers go out to her.”

WFAA spoke to a number of hospital nurses about the background, who said they knew the killed nurse. They said she was of retirement age and living for her grandchildren. They described her as someone who would always take charge.

They said they were left heartbroken by Saturday’s events.

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Laura Coffey

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