Police describe shooting that killed 3 at Georgia hospital

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said the man who killed three people at a hospital here Thursday afternoon had entered the hospital earlier that day, looking for someone named "Pete" who had treated his mother at the hospital before she died Sept. 15, 2004.

He could not find him that morning, but returned about 2 p.m. armed with three handguns and extra ammunition, Boren said. One weapon was concealed in a jacket pocket, one in a pants pocket, and another tucked into his waistband.

Boren said when the man came to the hospital the second time, he exchanged words with Pete Wright, a critical care nurse and the first victim. He asked Wright if he remembered him. Then he followed Wright into an empty room on the hospital's fifth floor. When Wright attempted to leave the room, the man shot him.

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