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Reno shooting: Two of the Reno shooting victims identified, motive unknown

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The Reno shooting at a Nevada medical center this week left two dead and two others struggling to stay alive, reports CBS News on Dec. 18. The fatal shooting at the Renown Regional Medical Center on Tuesday does not appear to be a random act of violence, but police are still searching for a possible motive or connection between the shooter and his victims.

Two of the victims have been identified. A third victim, a female, asked not to be identified, and the shooter has yet to be named by police. Dr. Charles Gholdoian, a 46-year-old urologist, was killed and a patient at the hospital – Shawntae Spears, 20, was injured, said Reno Deputy Police Chief Mac Venzon at a news conference on Wednesday.

The shooter, who ultimately turned the gun on himself, allegedly walked past the front reception area and traveled up three floors into a patient exam room where he opened fire with a 12-guage shotgun. The shooting occurred at the Nevada Advanced Medicine building, which does not employ any armed security.

Spears and the unidentified female victim suffered single gunshot wounds. Both remain in critical condition at the same hospital where the shooting occurred. The injured female whose name was not released was a doctor on staff at the hospital.

Investigators believe the shooting was not random because the incident occurred on the third floor. The shooter made his way into a very specific part of the building before opening fire.

The shooter making “his way to the third floor of the building would indicate to me this is not a random event,” said Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson.

Kat Raco, an ophthalmic technician who works on the second floor, said she heard the booms of the shotgun and people dashing around on the floor overhead.

“The police handled it in the best way possible,” Raco said of the response and evacuation. “They were very professional and calm. Everyone (in the office) stayed pretty calm.”

The suspect fired five times in total, including the last round which he used to take his own life.

“We're still trying to piece together the timeline of events,” Deputy Chief Venzon said, adding that they have not yet determined if the shooter was a patient of anyone at the medical center.

Deputy Chief Tom Robinson added: “We don't know what the motive was but obviously he had something he wanted to do there (at the doctor's office).”



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