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Bullet goes through window of Crozer-Chester Medical Center, injures hospital patient

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 16 2013 09:47:11 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2013 02:27:07 PM CDT
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
UPLAND TWP., Pa. -

A woman is in stable condition after she was hit by a bullet that came through the window of her hospital room, officials said.

The shooting happened late Monday night at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland Twp., Delaware Co., near Chester.

The 62-year-old patient was in her room on the first floor of the hospital when the bullet came through the window and hit her in the abdomen between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, said Grant Gegwich, a hospital spokesman.

"We have no reason to believe that anyone intentionally shot at this patient while she was a resident at this facility," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, describing the shooting as a "fluke incident." "I want to emphasize, most importantly, that this is a very safe hospital, and it continues to be a very safe hospital."

The patient, whose name has not been released, was taken to surgery and was last reported to be in stable condition Tuesday, Gegwich said.

Officers spent several hours Tuesday scouring a large area around the hospital for evidence that might lead them to determine where the bullet came from.

"The problem we have is a bullet can travel in excess of one mile, once it's fired, without hitting anything," Whelan said. "So, with that in mind, we have a daunting task to make sure that we cover the entire area surrounding that particular section of the hospital."

No one else was hurt, and Gegwich said there was no damage.