Indiana Hospital Put on Lockdown

Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, was placed on lockdown early Friday morning. The lockdown was lifted following an early morning fatal stabbing that left an elderly woman dead. Another body was discovered at a nearby home in Gary, Indiana.

Indiana Hospital Put on LockdownThe elderly woman was stabbed in an assault at about 12:30 a.m. in the hospital. Law enforcement conducted a well-being check later and found the woman's husband slain at a home in Gary shortly after 3 a.m.

One man, described only as a man in his 40s, has been arrested and is being questioned by the Gary Police Department. Authorities said that the suspect knew both of the victims.

The hospital facility in Merrillville was put on lockdown immediately after the stabbing. That lockdown was lifted shortly after 5 a.m.

"I can assure you that the hospital is secure,” said Wright Alcorn, the hospital's vice president of operations. “Everyone is safe. Staff and patients are safe, and the hospital is operating as usual, business as usual."

The hospital lockdown is the second in as many days in the Chicago area. Mount Sinai Hospital, on Chicago's west side, was locked down Thursday morning after what a hospital spokesperson said was a "possible threat."

, was placed on lockdown early Friday morning. The lockdown was lifted following an early morning fatal stabbing that left an elderly woman dead. Another body was discovered at a nearby home in Gary.

The elderly woman was stabbed in an assault at about 12:30 a.m. in the hospital. Law enforcement conducted a well-being check later and found the woman's husband slain at a home in Gary shortly after 3 a.m.

One man, described only as a man in his 40s, has been arrested and is being questioned by the Gary Police Department. Authorities said that the suspect knew both of the victims.

The hospital facility in Merrillville was put on lockdown immediately after the stabbing. That lockdown was lifted shortly after 5 a.m.

"I can assure you that the hospital is secure,” said Wright Alcorn, the hospital's vice president of operations. “Everyone is safe. Staff and patients are safe, and the hospital is operating as usual, business as usual."

The hospital lockdown is the second in as many days in the Chicago area. Mount Sinai Hospital, on Chicago's west side, was locked down Thursday morning after what a hospital spokesperson said was a "possible threat."

(Image courtesy of Indiana Gazette.)

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