DUBLIN, Ga. Dec 19 2016-- A deputy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after a shooting at a Georgia hospital.
The incident happened at the Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Ga., a community about 135 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Police and deputies were responding to an active shooter call at the location around 9:10 p.m. when law enforcement spotted the suspect and tried to approach him, Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman said.
When they attempted to make contact with the shooter, he opened fire striking a deputy in the leg. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition, Chatman said.
Authorities were able to take the suspect, identified as Akeem Woodard, into custody and recover the weapon.
Chatman said that Woodard had been in and out of the hospital for the last three days for reasons that aren't yet clear.
He added that several searches revealed no evidence of a second suspect in the incident.
"We want the public to know that everything is safe," he said. "In fact, the hospital is returning back to normal, the emergency room is functioning as it should."
Two weeks ago, the hospital conducted an active shooter drill and the staff handled the situation according to procedure, Chatman said.
“We’re grateful to the Lord that he minimized. It could have been bad,” he said.
Chatman thought about the fatal police shootings that have plagued Middle Georgia this year, including the death of Eastman police officer Tim Smith, the killings of two officers in Americus, the shooting of two Byron police officers last week and the deaths of two Peach County deputies last month.
“All over America, you can see violence is growing every day,” Chatman said.