Kelli Smith, Jamie Landers, Marin Wolf, Hojun Choi, Josephine Peterson
The Dallas Morning News
A shooter killed one person and wounded another before turning the gun on themself Tuesday afternoon in the Dallas County medical examiner’s office in the Stemmons Corridor, county officials confirmed.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said two employees at the medical examiner’s office were struck by the shooter, who then killed themself, at the office at 2355 N. Stemmons Freeway, near Wycliff Avenue.
One of the employees was killed, 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.
“We do believe there is an employee here that is involved in this — we do believe that one of the subjects that is deceased was indeed an employee,” Sheriff Marian Brown said, adding authorities found one male and one female victim.
Jenkins said officials were not immediately releasing the names of those involved, pending notification of their next of kin.
The medical examiner’s office is being monitored by the sheriff’s department and county marshals, Brown said.
“We are able to articulate that we are not looking for any suspects at this time,” she said. “There is no need for the community to be alarmed.”
Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said as far as he knew everyone was safe inside the Health and Human Services building, which is adjacent to the medical examiner’s office.
Kristian Santoyo, who waited in the parking lot across the street from the Health and Human Services building, said her mother works inside the facility.
She said she was on her way to pick up her mother about 5 p.m., when her mother called to tell her that people were not being allowed to leave the building unless they were questioned.
”It seems there are just more and more cops coming since I’ve been here,” Santoyo said as two helicopters flew above the building.
The sheriff’s department is investigating. Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, the Dallas County medical examiner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shooting comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside Methodist Dallas Medical Center, killing a nurse and a social worker. The suspected shooter, Nestor Hernandez, faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer.