South Jersey Hospital Shooter Wanted to Commit Suicide In Front of Girlfriend: Sources

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    A man walked into a Gloucester County emergency room on Thursday and shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, officials said. (Published Thursday, Mar 20, 2014)

    A man has died after shooting himself in the lobby of a Gloucester County hospital emergency room.

    The unidentified 26-year-old man walked into the lobby of Inspira Medical Center Woodbury at 509 N. Broad Street in Woodbury, N.J. around 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, pulled out a handgun and fired on himself, a spokesperson for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said.

    Sources tell NBC10 Philadelphia the man planned to commit suicide in front of his girlfriend, who works at the medical center, which was formerly known as Underwood Memorial Hospital.

    The man was given treatment and was eventually flown by medical helicopter to the trauma unit at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, N.J. He died at 5:15 p.m., officials said.

    A detective with the district attorney's office tells NBC10 Philadelphia there were 10 people in the ER at the time of the shooting and that the suspect did not make a threat towards any person.

    Police were able to recover the gun and no evacuations were necessary, contrary to initial reports.

    In a statement, hospital officials commended its staff for their reaction to the shooting, saying they regularly conduct drills for such incidents.