Shots were fired at a Milwaukee children's hospital as police chased a wanted felon and the facility went into lockdown Thursday. The suspect was shot and wounded before being taken into custody.
The man was identified by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as Ashanti Hendricks
, 22. He was being treated for an injury to his wrist.
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No one else was hurt during the incident at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Sheriff David Clarke told WTMJ Radio
during a press conference, which aired live on the station’s website.
Clarke told the gathered media that Milwaukee police officers went to the neonatal intensive care unit in the hospital to arrest a man wanted on a warrant for felony possession of a firearm.
“The officers identified the individual who was holding a baby at the time,” Clarke said at the press conference. “They informed him after identifying he was under arrest. He put the baby down and appeared to want to cooperate and be taken into custody.”
Instead, the man fled down the hallway and turned toward the officers with a handgun in his hand, Clarke said. Officers fired shots, hitting the man.
“The baby’s fine,” Clarke said. “The mother, who was here as well, is fine. No hospital personnel have been injured in this incident.”
Reporters at the press conference peppered the sheriff with questions about the appropriateness of executing an arrest at a children’s hospital, which he refused to answer, saying the incident is under investigation.
“It’s too early now to be second-guessing that sort of thing,” Clarke told reporters. “I’m not going to get into second-guess until I know more.”
The hospital went into lockdown during the shooting and remained on lockdown into the afternoon because it was a crime scene, Clarke said.
Angie Denning told WTMJ that her 3-week-old son was being treated on the floor where the shooting occurred.
“We were in the bathroom. We actually unplugged my son and went in the bathroom and locked the door,” she told WTMJ.
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