Woman Gave Doctor Weapon After Fatal CAMC Hospital Shooting, Police Say

By: Carrie Jones Email
By: Carrie Jones Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was killed after police say his estranged wife walked in to the ICU at CAMC Memorial Hospital and
shot him.

It happened just before 2 p.m. on the third floor of the Charleston Area Medical Center's Kanawha City facility.

Charleston Police say 53-year-old Rhonda Stewart walked in and used a handgun to shoot 56-year-old Sammy Lee Stewart in the head. He died a short time later. According to police, Sammy Stewart was a patient at the hospital in the ICU and was soon going to be transferred to a regular room.

According to the criminal complaint, the couple had been estranged for three years. But on Saturday when Rhonda went to visit Sammy, some sort of argument broke out and Rhonda was asked to leave.

A short time later, she went back to the hospital and shot him in the head with a pistol, the complaint states. Then, she walked out of the room and handed the pistol to a doctor.

Rhonda Stewart stayed at the hospital after the shooting and was arrested a short time later. She's been charged with first degree murder. According to police, Rhonda admitted to the shooting.

The two lived in the Elkview area of Kanawha County.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

CAMC released this statement following the event: "This is an an unfortunate and tragic event. CAMC is cooperating fully with Charleston Police."

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person has reportedly been shot at the Memorial branch of Charleston Area Medical Center.

Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that a person was shot in the head on the third floor of CAMC Memorial, which is the ICU unit at the hospital.

Dispatchers say a suspect is in custody at this time.

No word yet on the victim's condition or name.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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