Woman dies following shooting at Hernando County BioSpine Institute; gunman hurt, deputies say

Hernando County

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A woman has died after a Monday morning shooting at a clinic in Spring Hill, authorities said.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m., the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of gunfire at the BioSpine Institute, 7101 Mariner Boulevard.

About 30 deputies arrived minutes later to evacuate the clinic, and found the suspect in an office toward the back of the building. According to deputies, 14 people were inside the doctor’s office complex including the doctor, nurses, office staff, and patients.

“Some people were just running out. Some people ran to a church next door,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Denise Moloney. “People were just getting out of there and getting to whatever safe place they could.”

Moloney said a woman sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. The shooter was also injured and rushed to an area hospital.

The woman died due to her injuries on Monday afternoon.

An investigation revealed the victim and the suspect are members of the same family. The victim is not being identified due to Marsy’s Law.

BioSpine released a statement on the matter, saying no staff members were hurt:

It is with great sadness to announce today that a visitor to the office discharged a firearm in our Spring Hill Clinic. Fortunately, no staff were injured, and all were evacuated immediately to safety.
We are currently working with law enforcement to determine exactly what happened. We will be closing the Spring Hill clinic for an unspecified time to allow Law enforcement to conduct their investigation.

Authorities are still working to determine how the shooter sustained a gunshot wound.

“It wasn’t from one of our deputies. We did not engage him,” Moloney said.

Due to issues that can be described as domestic in nature, the suspect confessed to both planning and carrying out the act of killing the victim.

This story is developing and will be updated.

NOTE: The sheriff’s office previously reported two people were in custody, but an updated release states only one person was detained. This story has been corrected.

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