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Westville Hospital probes hostage drama

A KZN hospital has launched an investigation into the hostage drama in which one person was killed.

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Officials at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital have launched an investigation into the hostage drama in which one person was killed.

A 30-year-old man was shot dead by police after he held a woman hostage for four hours at the life Westville Hospital in Durban on Friday.

Four others wounded.

It is believed the man, who may have been suffering from bipolar disorder, arrived at the hospital demanding to see the sister in charge.

Hospital spokesperson Leanne Nyiri says the man fired shots randomly in the reception area before attempting to take a hostage.

“It was fortunate that she was able to run away, but then he fired a few more shots from the first floor.”

Nyiri says in the drama that ensued, the man shot and wounded three people before taking a second woman hostage.

She had been shot several times, and police tried in vain to convince the suspect to give himself up.

The gunman was eventually shot dead by a taskforce that went in to rescue the woman.

Those wounded, including a security guard, were hospitalised.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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