Two dead in Sycamore hospital shooting

Sep 4, 2012

Sycamore police say it appears one or both  of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility. 

According to a release from the Sycamore Police Department, the 54-year-old man was a patient at Kindred and the 57-year-old woman was a visitor. The two were in a relationship and lived together in the Putnam County town of Granville. Police say information at the scene suggests one or both shot themselves. Police were called to Kindred Hospital just before 6:00 when the bodies were discovered in the patient’s room, along with a handgun.

Sycamore Police Chief Don Thomas stressed at no point was there a “gunman running around” and the hospital was not evacuated. Kindred CEO Cindy Smith called it an "isolated and contained incident" that was not a threat to anyone in the hospital or community. 

This is a sad and unfortunate situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We are cooperating with the local authorities. 

Kindred Hospital in Sycamore is a 69-bed long-term acute care facility. It caters to "medically-complex" cases, such as people with congestive heart failure, renal disease, infectious diseases, or in long-term rehabilitation.