Man kills self inside KC hospital

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 59-year-old man turned a gun on himself inside Truman Medical Center Saturday morning. Now patients and visitors are questioning how a gun was allowed inside the building.

Missouri law states that guns are not to be carried inside hospitals, but outside of using metal detectors at every entrance, enforcing the law is not always easy.

Truman is releasing few very details about the man's death, outside of saying they are reviewing all procedures and processes taken during and after the incident.

Inside a fourth floor hospital room Saturday morning, a nurse found the 59-year-old man dead.

According to a Kansas City, Mo., police report, hospital staff found a small handgun under the patient's arm.

While a hospital spokesman says the man was in a single room, and alone, when he turned the gun on himself, patients and visitors say it's an incident that leaves them concerned.

"I feel that's pretty scary. I mean security, I know they have security inside there, but to actually, maybe be next to someone that took a gun and took their life that is really scary," said Andrea Reese, who said she was a patient at the hospital on Monday.

"It's kind of scary," added Ellen Wilson, a woman picked up her roommate who she says was admitted to Truman on Sunday morning.

Truman Medical Center

Truman Medical Center

The hospital did not comment on security measures in place inside the hospital -- though emergency room personal say metal detectors are present at the emergency room entrance.

"It's getting crazy out there and you never know what anybody's got in their pocket," Wilson said.

The hospital also declined to say why the man was in the hospital, how long he had been a patient or how the gun may have gotten into the room.

In an emailed statement, the medical center says they continue to investigate the details and the procedures and processes taken during, and after the incident. They also said the center will work with staff and administration to review all measures needed to continue to provide a safe, healing environment for those they serve.

Many of the hospitals in the metro have armed security inside the hospital -- some use metal detectors at certain entrances and also use hand-held wands on an as-needed basis.

Truman did not respond to an after-hours email regarding specific security questions inside the hospital.

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