2 Killed in Shooting at Munster Hospital, Police Say

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Two people were killed in a shooting at a hospital in Munster, Indiana, early Tuesday, according to police.

At around 1:15 a.m., officers were called to the Munster Community Hospital, located at 901 McArthur Blvd., for a report of shots fired and a "physical disturbance between a patient and staff," according to a statement from Munster police.

Once they arrived, authorities said the officers found two people inside the hospital with fatal gunshot wounds.

Jamal Williams, 22, of the 17000 Block of Williams St. in Lansing, Illinois, was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m., according to the Lake County Coroner's office.

The coroner's office said 59-year-old Ryan Askew, of the 1200 Block of West 96th Place in Crown Point, Indiana, died at 2:41 a.m.

According to officials, Askew, a security guard at the hospital, attempted to break up a disturbance after the patient began attacking a nurse. He was put into a chokehold, and another security officer fired shots, striking Williams and Askew.

Both men were pronounced dead as a result of their injuries.

Officials said the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force will be assisting the Munster Police Department in the investigation.

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