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CoxHealth Reacts to Deadly Shooting in Hospital Room

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An elderly man is dead and his wife injured after a shooting in his hospital room at CoxHealth Saturday night.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An elderly man is dead and his wife injured after a shooting in his hospital room at CoxHealth Saturday night.

Police report 69-year-old Carolyn Cox was visiting her husband 79-year-old Booker Cox, Jr. at the hospital.

About 9:15 Saturday night, an employee heard a gunshot from the man's 9th floor room.

Both spouses were found with gunshot wounds.
Booker died from the injuries, his wife survived and is being treated at the hospital.

Guns are not allowed in hospitals in the state of Missouri.

The hospital does have security guards at the main entrances, but they don't screen visitors.

CoxHealth Senior Vice President John Duff said something like this has never happened at his hospital before.

He said the employees handled the situation correctly and he doesn't see any major changes in their security efforts in the near future.

"Like a lot of organizations that serve the public we have to balance the need for safety and security against the need for access. But we do feel that we have a strong security presence here at Cox," he said.

It is unknown which spouse fired the gun in that hospital room.
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