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Police name doctor killed in Reno hospital attack

December 18, 2013
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police on Wednesday identified a doctor killed and one of the two women wounded in the hospital shooting a day earlier.

Dr. Charles G. Gholdoian was killed, and Shawntae Spears was wounded when a suicidal gunman entered the largest hospital in northern Nevada and began shooting Tuesday afternoon, police said at a news conference.

Authorities previously had reported a doctor being wounded in the attack.

The names of the gunman and the other victim were not released.

The shooter killed himself in the attack. Police have said his motives were not immediately known.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson has said the gunman didn't appear to be targeting people. But he said Tuesday the incident didn't appear to be completely random, either.

Robinson has said there were about 100 people in the Center for Advanced Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center when the shooting happened.

Investigators have said they were confident no one else was involved, but Robinson said Tuesday he didn't know how many shots were fired or what type of weapon was used.

The shooting comes nearly two months after a 12-year-old boy opened fire at an area middle school, killing a math teacher before killing himself. Two victims from that attack were treated at Renown Regional.

The medical center also has treated victims of other recent tragedies, including a crash at a Reno air race in 2011 that killed 11 people and a shooting rampage at a Carson City restaurant the same year that killed three uniformed Nevada National Guard members.

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Associated Press writers Sandra Chereb in Carson City and Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

 
 

 

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