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2 dead, 1 injured after shooter opens fire at Dallas County Coroner’s office

A shooter killed one person and wounded another before turning the gun on themselves Tuesday afternoon at the Dallas County Coroner’s Office on Stemmons Corridor, county officials confirmed.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said two employees of the medical examiner’s office were struck by the shooter, who later killed himself, at the office at 2355 N. Stemmons Freeway near Wycliff Avenue.

One of the employees died, and the condition of the other was not immediately known. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said the call came in around 4:45 p.m., and multiple agencies responded.

Evacuated workers from the Dallas County Health and Human Services offices make their way to the parking lot as police respond to an active shooter call at the Dallas County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Dallas(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

“We believe there is an employee here involved in this; we believe one of the subjects who is deceased was indeed an employee,” Sheriff Marian Brown said, adding that authorities found a male victim and a female victim.

Jenkins said officials did not immediately release the names of those involved, pending notification of their next of kin.

The coroner’s office is being monitored by the sheriff’s department and county commissioners, Brown said.

“We are able to articulate that we are not looking for any suspects at this time,” he said. “There is no need for the community to be alarmed.”

The sheriff’s department is investigating the shooting. Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, the Dallas County medical examiner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang said as far as he knew, everyone was safe at the Health and Human Services building, which is next to the medical examiner’s office .

Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown addresses a reporter after police responded to an active shooter call at the Dallas County Coroner’s Office Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

Kristian Santoyo, who was waiting in the parking lot in front of the Health and Human Services building, said his mother works inside the facility.

He said he was on his way to pick up his mother around 5 p.m., when his mother called to say people were not allowed to leave the building unless they were questioned.

“It seems like more and more police have been coming since I’ve been here,” Santoyo said as two helicopters flew above the building.

Employees appeared to leave the building around 6 p.m. A dozen vehicles drove away after a police officer moved a traffic cone out of the way.

The shooting comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside Methodist Dallas Medical Center, killing a nurse and a social worker. The alleged shooter, Nestor Hernandez, faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer.


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