MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at Hillcrest Hospital according to Mayfield Heights police.
Police responded to the hospital at 8:54 Friday night for a call for shots fired.
Police and hospital officials confirm that a man shot his wife inside of the hospital and then turned the gun on himself. Neither of the shooting victims survived. Hospital officials said the shooting happened on the 4th floor and the female victim was a patient.
The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office identified the dead individuals as Dorothy, 77, and Albert Milstein, 77, both of Lyndhurst.
Lt. Steve Onderlin from the Mayfield Heights Police Department said that no one else in the hospital was injured.
Mary and Jay Badstibner, of Euclid, were good friends of the Milsteins. "It's almost like we haven't quite believed it yet," Mrs. Badstibner said.
"They were one of the couples we enjoyed being with the most," Mr. Badstibner added.
Mr. Badstibner said Albert and Dorothy were married around 50 years. They lived in a ranch home in Lyndhurst. Neighbors said Dorothy was taken to the hospital on Monday.
"We knew that she had been doctoring, but we weren't sure just what the prognosis was or the diagnosis," Mrs. Badstibner said.
Hillcrest has security officers 24/7 and off-duty police officers work in the emergency room. Posted signs indicate guns are not allowed in the hospital, but there are no metal detectors. "Unfortunately, it's not practical to have metal detectors in every entrance at the hospital," said Eileen Sheil, a spokesperson for The Cleveland Clinic, which operates Hillcrest Hospital.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Mayfield Heights Detective Bureau.
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