Suspect in custody after shots fired at Children's Hospital
WTMJ News Team
WAUWATOSA - A suspect is now in the Milwaukee County Jail after being shot by police at Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon.
The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks, who was treated and released into police custody after suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Circuit court records show that he faced a warrant for felony possession of a firearm, eluding an officer and second-offense drug possession.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said police encountered the man on the 7th floor Newborn Progressive Care Unit.
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"Officers identified the individual holding a baby at the time," said Clarke. "They informed him after identifying he was under arrest. He appeared to want to cooperate."
Despite earlier claims that police were serving a warrant on Hendricks, Lt. Mark Stanmeyer with Milwaukee Police said, "MPD responded because of information about an armed suspect in the hospital."
According to both Sheriff Clarke and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, the suspect then fled out of the Newborn Progressive Care Unit.
"Officers saw that he had a semi-automatic pistol. He escaped their grasp," Flynn said. "They continued to chase him through the ward and into a hallway...with no other citizens."
Flynn said that at that point, the suspect turned toward the officers with a ".40 caliber, locked semi-automatic pistol."
"One officer fired twice, striking the suspect in the arm, causing the suspect to drop the pistol."
Hendricks was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Froedtert Hospital but was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail early Friday morning. Milwaukee Police say officers had information the man was armed, and has a long criminal history.
"The baby should be fine," said Clarke.
"The mother who was here as well is fine. No hospital personnel have been injured in this incident."
Immediately after the first reports of shots fired, hospital officials put the facility on lockdown.
TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Cody Holyoke tweeted about that from the scene:
Patients and employees at Childrens' Hospital locked down. Witnesses say it's a shooter situation. pic.twitter.com/VoGKL6uJhg— Cody Holyoke (@CodyonTV) November 14, 2013
Announcement inside Childrens' advises staff that area is not clear, to continue active shooter procedures.— Cody Holyoke (@CodyonTV) November 14, 2013
The hospital says there is "no continuing threat."
James Kust, Jay Sorgi, Cody Holyoke, Michele Fiore, Jon Byman, Jaclyn Brandt and Charles Benson contributed to this story.