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Hospital Security After Buffalo Shooting

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Rochester: Hospital Security After Buffalo Shooting
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Hospitals are usually seen as a safe haven. With that said, the deadly shooting at Erie County Medical Center on Wednesday took some by surprise.

"I'm at Eastman Dental, next door to Strong, and you always think of that stuff in the back of your head, what can happen, but it is kind of scary that something like that definitely did happen,” said Keith Bullis.

Keith and Barb Bullis are former employees at Genesee Hospital.

"Anybody that loses their life, it's heartbreaking. It shouldn't be happening. People need to be able to deal with their anger and stuff like that. It's really sad,” Barb said.

Police say a 33-year-old woman was shot and killed inside a building on the campus of ECMC. Investigators say the shooting was not random and that a hospital employee is a person of interest.

"The health care setting is still a safe area,” said Jerrold Seldes, head of corporate security at Unity Hospital.

Seldes says hospital security at Unity isn't taken lightly. There's a no weapons policy, and all visitors are monitored by surveillance throughout the hospital. Employees are also trained monthly on different levels of security.

"Everything we do gears up for these things, the way we practice any emergency, that's how we handle just about everything. We practice that on a daily basis," Seldes said.

Seldes says once the facts come out of the ECMC deadly shooting, they will pick apart the incident and use it as training.

"Things happen, the best thing we can do is prepare for these things and that's what we do. We have a very aggressive preparedness program here,” Seldes said.

"That's a very tragic event and our hearts go out to the hospital and the staff and the families out there,” he added.

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