Patients, staff counselled after deadly hospital shooting
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson is lauding agencies and individuals who assisted in the aftermath of the bizarre shooting death of 38-year-old Donovan Stewart at the Mandeville Regional Hospital yesterday morning.
Ferguson met with the affected staff and toured the facility as the Mandeville Ministers Fraternal and other professionals delivered grief counselling to both staff and patients.
Just after 3 a.m., the atmosphere of the male surgical ward at the hospital was shattered by screams as Stewart allegedly launched an attack, stabbing a patient with a surgical pin that he took from his recovering fracture.
A nurse who intervened allegedly was kicked away, suffering minor bruises.
According to hospital sources, a policeman who was guarding a prisoner in an adjacent cubicle intervened as Stewart was about to stab the patient a second time.
"The policeman told him to stop several times, and as he (Stewart) was going to stab the man again, he shot him," said one person, who witnessed the attack.
Gleaner checks indicate that Stewart had no record of a mental condition; however, earlier, he had been complaining about pains in his injured leg.
His victim is the survivor of a robbery in which his wife was killed some time ago.
The Independent Commission of Investigations is probing the shooting.
Operations at the hospital are back to normal.