Shooting Raises Questions About Hospital Security

By: Carrie Jones Email
By: Carrie Jones Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Security is in question after Rhonda Stewart walked into CAMC Memorial Hospital and shot her estranged husband Saturday while he was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

This murder has being people wondering how she was ever able to walk into the hospital with a gun.

"Metal detectors don't exactly say, 'Welcome,' " said Tony Gregory with the West Virginia Hospital Association.

Gregory said hospitals have certain safety requirements to meet, and they focus on reasonable expectations and feasible options.

"There's a balance that they need to strike to ensure a safe workplace without creating barriers for patients," Gregory said.

As far as metal detectors go, they can be expensive, and it takes a lot of staff to man them. Most hospitals don't have them, and they're not required to.

For many who work at CAMC Memorial, they're treating the shooting as a freak incident.

"It could have happened anywhere. It could have happened at Krogers, it has happened at post offices before," said Stephanie Mclemore. "It's not something I feel happens on a daily basis that would warrant metal detectors and so forth."

Mclemore works as a registered nurse at the hospital. According to the criminal complaint, Rhonda Stewart had gotten into an argument with her husband before the shooting occurred. She was asked to leave, and she later returned with a gun.

"People might be a little more leery on what's going on if they here an argument or so forth," Mclemore said. "Maybe it might actually help this situation out better in the future if they hear something going on they may step up and call security a little bit faster."

CAMC officials are not releasing any further comment on the shooting.

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