Friday, July 17, 2015

On the afternoon of July 17, 2015 a shooting occurred in the parking lot of Norman Regional's HealthPlex hospital. Two people have died. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this event.

The Norman Police Department is on the scene securing the area and conducting an investigation.

The two victims are not Norman Regional employees. However, counseling is available for staff members who may have witnessed or responded to the events. A special thank you to our employees who responded quickly in this time of need and crisis.

Following is the press release from the Norman Police Department:

Norman police responded to a reported shooting at a Norman Regional HealthPlex parking lot, near Tecumseh Road and I-35 at 2:21 this afternoon. Preliminary information indicated that a male and female both suffered bullet wounds and were rushed to the emergency room at the HealthPlex for treatment. Both later died, and police investigators have, preliminarily, classified the incident as a murder-suicide.

Police have identified the male suspect as Darrel East and the victim as Laura East. Their ages and current address are not yet confirmed. The two are former spouses and had gone to the hospital to visit a relative, who was receiving treatment.

The investigation continues in cooperation with the Office of the State Medical Examiner, who will determine the cause and manner of death.