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Two officers wounded in Omaha hospital shooting

OMAHA, Neb. | Two officers were hit and a suspect was critically injured in a shooting at Creighton University Medical Center on Wednesday morning, Omaha police said.

Police spokesman Jacob Bettin said the officers suffered minor wounds.

The shooting occurred inside the hospital, Bettin said, but he would not say where. He did say investigators were interviewing several witnesses.

Omaha television station KETV reported that witnesses said the shooting occurred in or near the cafeteria.The first call came in to police at 9:19 a.m., Bettin said.

Investigators were checking to see whether the suspect was connected to an incident Tuesday night in suburban Ralston, Bettin said. Officers had searched in vain for a man who had reportedly made terrorist threats.

By late Wednesday morning, police and security officers were stationed outside the hospital, and Bettin said the hospital remained in partial lockdown to protect the crime scene and evidence.

People with appointments were being allowed in to see if they could stay for treatment.

Creighton University Medical Center is one of two trauma centers in Omaha. The hospital sits a few blocks north of downtown and has 334 beds. It is affiliated with Creighton's medical school.

It has a network of nearly 300 physicians who practice in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

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