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Albany Med had gun incident Monday

Mar 28, 2023 1:03 pm

Steve Hughes, Rachel Silberstein, and H. Rose Schneider reports in the Times Union that just after another school shooter killed seven in Tennessee March 27, the main hospital in Albany had its own gun incident. A gun was reported in the afternoon at Albany Medical Center Hospital, which then went on lockdown. Eventually police found Dino Savoca barricaded in his 97-year-old mother's room at the hospital with a BB gun and a shotgun. Police exploded a “flash-bang” distraction grenade outside the hospital, to arrest Savoca without incident. He pleaded not guilty on charges of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, as well as second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor. Police said Savoca, "did not want to leave his mother and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at an individual who had arrived to the patient’s room to transport her to the different facility." Police later searched his Colonie home and found the gas turned on and candles and incense burning. Albany County Public Defender Eric Kauppila said the office would not seek a mental health evaluation. The New York State Nurses Association said it "is deeply disturbed by the safety breach that took place last night at Albany Medical Center," and said the union has previously proposed active shooter drills, metal detectors, and additional security in the Emergency Department. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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