ECMC Fatal Shooting; Source Says Police Believe Person of Interest Had Escape Plan | News
BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on the campus of the Erie County Medical Center on Grider Street early Wednesday morning.
A law enforcement source says it appears the actions of the person of interest were planned, and police believe Dr. Timothy Jorden had an escape plan.
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Sources tell 2 On Your Side a female was shot in a domestic situation in the D.K. Miller Medical Office Building. Late Wednesday night, police identified the victim as 33-year-old Jackie Wisniewski.
Police are still searching for a person of interest, Timothy Jorden Jr., MD, a trauma surgeon at ECMC, but a law enforcement source says no one was found inside his Lake View home. There is still a police presence in that area.
Buffalo Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says, "The hospital had been thoroughly searched. and police continue checking locations where the person of interest may have fled to, including a home in Lake View, NY. The doctor is considered armed and dangerous."
Detectives say Jorden may have facial hair growth over the last few days and may have lost weight.
The hospital was in lockdown for about three hours so police could investigate the scene. By noon, only the D.K. Miller Building on the ECMC campus was still in lockdown as police teams continued their search. That building is no longer on lockdown.
Several SWAT teams from different agencies are assisting Buffalo Police in the search for a suspect.
The Lydia T. Wright School and Erie County Health Care Center for Children schools were both in lockdown. The schools are near where the shooting took place.
A spokesperson for Catholic Health says Dr. Jorden has privileges at Sisters Hospital, meaning he has permission to practice there, and has done work there in the past. Security has been increased at Sisters Hospital on Main Street in Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo and Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
A spokesperson for Kaleida Health says Dr. Jorden has privileges there as well. In the past, he has done work at Buffalo General Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Security personnel at both hospitals have been made aware that Dr. Jorden is a person of interest in this morning's shooting.
At UB, a spokesperson tells 2 On Your Side police have been in contact with the medical school personnel, and have confirmed that Dr. Jorden does not have an office at UB. Therefore, it is business as usual at the medical school.
Dr. Jorden graduated from UB Medical School, but it's not clear if he's still affiliated with the med school in any way.
Stay tuned to Channel 2 News and wgrz.com for updates as they become available.
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