Police issued the update Monday morning on the death of Booker Cox, Jr. He was pronounced dead about 10pm Saturday, after the shooting in one room on the 9th floor of CoxHealth Hospital.
Police Captain Vance Holland, in a news release (see below) issued Monday, said..."Initial indications from the follow-up investigation are that Booker Cox Jr.’s wound was self-inflicted."
Also shot was Cox's wife, Carolyn Cox. She survived the shooting, but her condition has not been released. Holland's release said Carolyn Cox is still being treated for her injuries, but the full circumstances of how she was shot are still being investigated.
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.
For Immediate Release
December 2, 2013
Update - Police investigate shooting at CoxHealth
At approximately 9:18 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th, Springfield Police responded to the 9th floor of Cox Hospital at 3801 S. National Avenue after receiving reports of shots fired at that location. When police arrived, they learned that Booker Cox Jr., and his wife, Carolyn Cox, had both been shot and were receiving treatment for their injuries. At 10:09p.m., Booker Cox Jr. was pronounced dead. Carolyn Cox continues to receive treatment for her injuries.
An autopsy was conducted today, and preliminary results indicate that Booker Cox Jr. died as a result of the gunshot wound. A final determination of the cause and manner of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office at a later time.
Initial indications from the follow-up investigation are that Booker Cox Jr.’s wound was self-inflicted. The full circumstances of Carolyn Cox’s shooting have not yet been determined. The investigation will continue until a final determination is made. More specific details of the investigation will not be released at this time.
Based on this information, no suspects are being sought, there is no indication that others were involved in this incident, and there is no threat or danger to others in the community.
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Media Contact: Captain Vance Holland
Release authorized by: Lieutenant Tad Peters