BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Shortly before 8 Wednesday morning, at least four shots were fired inside the Miller building on the ECMC campus, killing Jackie Wisniewski.
Eemployees, patients and visitors to ECMC will never forget the three hours they spent in lockdown after a hospital clerk was gunned down.
Visitor Vivan Prince-Snell said, "Even though it was chaos going on all around, they made sure they kept everybody calm and cool. They did their job."
SWAT teams surrounded the hospital grounds after police believe 49-year-old Dr. Timothy Jorden walked into the medical center's DK Miller building and fired at least four shots killing 33-year-old receptionist Jackie Wisniewski, who friends say had a past relationship with the doctor.
ECMC CEO Jody Lomeo said, "Through my mind, utter shock, disbelief, very good surgeon. We are family here and this is a tragedy that happened to one of our family and if it is true the person of interest is that person, it's sad all the way around."
Inside the ECMC buildings, workers were told not to make cell calls, only text messages, which Sergio Martinez wife did every few minutes during the three hour lockdown.
"And that she's still safe and just comforts to know that she can reach me every few minutes to know that she's okay," he said.
Chris Klubek was in the Miller building for an outpatient procedure and when word got around who police were looking for.
There was a lot of sobbing, nurses were shedding tears. They couldn't believe it was them. He was supposed to have a clinic this morning, so it was very heartfelt for them," Klubek said.
ECMC LPN Alfonso James added, "It's kind of somber in there and people are trying to keep their heads up and stay lifted, but you know it's a stressful day here at ECMC."
The ECMC Chaplain could be seen consoling the brother of the victim outside.
The DK Miller Building was re-opened more than nine hours later. For almost the entire day, no one was allowed in or out, but normal activities have returned at the ECMC tower and the Miller building.
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