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Two dead in shooting on Deaconess Medical Center campus

Sara Lavigne, right, and her mother, cancer patient Jana Lavigne, leave Deaconess Health and Education Center after witnessing a domestic shooting in the Rockwood Cancer Clinic, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Sara Lavigne, right, and her mother, cancer patient Jana Lavigne, leave Deaconess Health and Education Center after witnessing a domestic shooting in the Rockwood Cancer Clinic, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Two people are dead in an apparent domestic dispute on the Deaconess Medical Center campus, authorities said.

Initial reports indicate the gunman opened fire inside the Rockwood Cancer Clinic this morning, killing his wife, then turned the weapon on himself. The wife reportedly worked at the clinic.

The shooting occurred on the seventh floor of the building, police said. Major Crimes detectives were interviewing employees Tuesday morning.

Details remain sketchy but after initially evacuating the building, authorities now are letting workers return. Police in tactical gear searched the building earlier.

Police said the couple’s children were safe.

Roads around the hospital entrance were closed for a time, but have since reopened. Investigators remain on-scene.

Police said those with appointments at the hospital today can enter the building and will be told where to go by staff at the front desk.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.


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