KZN hostage drama ends
A gunman was shot dead after he took several people hostage at a Durban hospital.
JOHANNESBURG - An official at a Durban-based hospital on Friday confirmed that the woman who was taken hostage in the morning, by a would-be patient, was shot four times but is in a stable condition.
The 30-year-old suspect, who may have been suffering from bipolar disorder, allegedly fired his gun inside Life Westville Hospital before attempting to take a receptionist hostage.
She managed to escape.
In the chaos, he fled to the first floor.
A security guard was shot in the leg and one of the caterers suffered minor injuries when a bullet ricocheted.
The suspect then went into the main kitchen and shot one of employees four times, before holding her captive for hours.
The man was killed during a police rescue operation.
Life Hospital's Leanne Nyiri said, "They [the victims] have been treated in trauma units and received counselling. As it stands now, everything is under control."