9:30 AM UPDATE MARCH 15 – UAB Officials and Birmingham Police held a press conference Thursday morning after an active shooter situation at UAB Highlands Hospital Wednesday night. One victim was killed, one victim was critically injured but stable, and the shooting suspect reportedly fatally shot himself.
Police identified the victim who was killed as 63-year-old Nancy Swift, a nurse employed at UAB.
Officials identified the victim who was injured as Timothy Isley. CBS 42 spoke with a member of Isley’s family we know personally, who told us he survived surgery and is stable in the ICU on a ventilator. Isley is employed by STERIS IMS, a medical instrument repair and sterile processing consulting and management service based in Birmingham, the company confirmed to CBS 42.
Tim’s family member had this to say:
What Tim would tell you to say if he could speak right now, is that Jesus Christ is Lord, forgiveness trumps all, serve others, love others, and treat others as you would want them to treat you and with genuine Christ-like love. He would also give you a huge smile and hug.
Isley is the son of Springville Mayor William Isley. The Isley family released this statement Thursday afternoon:
Our son, Timothy Noah Isley was injured in a shooting that occurred last night at his place of employment. We would like to thank the doctors and staff at UAB Hospital for the fine care Tim has received as a result of those injuries. Following emergent surgery last night, and a follow up operation this morning, Tim is resting in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from his injuries. In addition to our continued concern for our son’s recovery, we grieve along with the families of others affected by this tragedy. We ask that you continue to pray for Tim and please respect our privacy and refrain from contacting the family at this time.
Lt. Pete Williston with BPD says an employee relations issue led to the shooting. Police say the suspect was an employee of UAB. The Jefferson County Coroner identified him as 31-year-old Trevis Deron Coleman of Birmingham.
UAB Spokesperson Jim Bakken told media that metal detectors are in place at UAB Highlands Hospital, and they were in use Wednesday.
Thursday afternoon, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released a statement on the shooting:
I join the City of Birmingham in extending condolences to everyone suffering after the shooting at UAB Highlands. I extend sympathies to the family of nursing supervisor, Nancy Swift, fatally shot while at work on Wednesday night. I also offer prayers for hospital employee, Tim Isley, and his family as he recovers from his injuries. I thank the Birmingham Police Department, Birmingham Fire and Rescue and so many others for acting quickly to help.
Too many lives have been lost to senseless violence like this. It breaks my heart and the hearts of those close to those lost to violence. Any type of violence strips our communities of the treasures we hold dear today and the promising future for tomorrow. May we unite as one as we hold up all of those affected.
— ORIGINAL MARCH 14, 2018 7:13 PM —
Birmingham Police are investigating after an active shooter incident at UAB Highlands Hospital, according to Lt. Williston with the department.
Birmingham Police tell CBS 42 News that two people have been shot and the suspect is dead. At this time, at least one victim is still alive, but another victim has died during surgery, according to Williston.
The situation is under control at UAB Highlands Hospital, and the shooter is dead after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Williston.
UAB students were asked to shelter in place but were given the all-clear by UAB around 7:40 p.m.
All surgeries scheduled for Thursday at UAB Highlands Hospital have been canceled, according to UAB.
CBS 42 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.