By Coretta Williams - email
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An early morning shooting near a local hospital has left one person dead and another injured. Tyler Police tell KLTV 7 it happened just before 2:30 Monday morning in the 1,000 block of South Beckham, near East Texas Medical Center.
As officers arrived on scene they found a black male, later identified as the suspect, 29-year-old Charles Aundrell Bell, lying face down in the roadway. Around this time, Tyler Police officers learned that a black female, later identified as the victim, 27-year-old Amber Lashea Pinkney, was in ETMC's emergency room being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.
According to police, Pinkney, an Emergency Room Admissions clerk at ETMC, was trying to get out of her vehicle when her ex-boyfriend and father of her child approached her vehicle. Bell allegedly shot Pinkney three times with a .38 revolver before shooting himself. Pinkney was able to get to the hospital's emergency room where she was rushed into surgery. She is listed in stable condition.
"Amber Pinkney is a valued team member of ETMC Tyler," said ETMC spokesperson, Rebecca Berkley. "She has worked at the hospital for almost two years as an admitting clerk in the emergency department. Amber is an exemplary employee, a team player and is always ready to step in to help others. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as she recovers."
When asked about hospital security provided for employees and patients, ETMC said that they do have security measures in place.
"ETMC Tyler has security guards patrolling the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Berkley. "Employees can request an escort to and from their car at anytime. Employees that park in our outlying lots are picked up by our shuttle buses and the drivers will wait until they reach their vehicle. ETMC also utilizes security cameras and other measures to keep our team members, patients and visitors safe."