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A Northwell Health worker was fatally shot in a Long Island, New York, parking lot just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Nassau County Police responded to reports of shots being fired in the lower level of a parking lot in north New Hyde Park and discovered 33-year-old Amelia Laguerre with multiple gunshot wounds upon arrival. Authorities transported the Queens healthcare worker to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead before 5 p.m., police said.
“As we mourn the tragic loss of our colleague to gun violence and await the outcome of the investigation, our security team continues to work with the police to ensure the safety of our patients and staff,” said Northwell Health said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday. . “We are also providing access to support services to get through this difficult time.”
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Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling also released a statement Thursday on Twitter, calling Laguerre’s death “heartbreaking.”
“We see firsthand the dangers of not effectively addressing the endemic gun violence in our country,” Dowling said. noted. “As we mourn, we have a responsibility to educate others – gun violence is in our hallway, and we need to embrace change, now.”
Emily Laguerre Bennett, the victim’s mother, described her daughter as “happy” and “sweet” in a Facebook post on Friday. She also thanked “everyone who showed up at the hospital” and reached out during a “difficult time of need”.
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“Yesterday was the hardest day of my life knowing that my child was taken from me,” Laguerre Bennett said. “She didn’t deserve this, I don’t understand how anyone can do this to take a child away from a mother and take a mother away from a child. I’m so numb I’m still in disbelief. She had so much love in her that she was a good daughter, mother, sister, aunt, friend [sic].”
Laguerre’s death came just days before Dr. Madhu Subramanian, a 38-year-old Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center surgeon and assistant professor of surgery, was shot dead in an attempted carjacking as he went to work around 7 a.m.
Johns Hopkins executives said Subramanian had already been released in an email to staff obtained by the Baltimore Sun.
“With his permission, we can say that Dr. Madhu Subramanian, a trauma and acute care surgeon, was on his way to work at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center when the incident occurred near the 3600 block of Blvd. Loch Raven,” Johns Hopkins Medicine said. CEO Paul Rothman and Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin Sowers wrote, according to the newspaper. “Fortunately, Dr. Subramanian was not seriously injured and was treated and released.”
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Investigations into both shootings are ongoing.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-244-TIPS. Additionally, anyone with information about the Baltimore shooting is asked to contact Baltimore Detectives at (410) 396-2444.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.