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Suspect identified, one dead following shooting at University Hospital

Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54) Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54)
Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54) Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54)
Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54) Source: Alesha Jones (FOX54)
Charles William Gorrell/Source: RCSO Charles William Gorrell/Source: RCSO

UPDATE: Suspect identified as 85 year old Charles William Gorrell of Sudlow Lake Road in Aiken, South Carolina. Investigators say Gorrell was immediately taken into custody after the shooting and is charged with one count of Murder and one count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.  Gorell is being held without bond at the Richmond County Jail.

Captain Scott Peebles tells FOX54, Gorrell's wife was being treated at University Hospital.  The victim, Tim Grooms, is the nephew of Gorrell's wife.  A long standing dispute over family matters apparently existed between Gorrell and Grooms. 

University Hospital Security arrived on scene immediately following the shooting and detained Gorrell.  Their quick response is to be credited with containing the incident and keeping others from being injured.

At no time were any of the staff, other patients or visitors to the hospital in any danger.  The act was not random in nature and Grooms was an intended target.  There is no indication that Gorrell threatened or intended to harm anyone else.  

UPDATE: FOX54 has confirmed an altercation broke out among family members in a room on the 7th floor. One family member pulled a gun and shot another family member in the room. The patient in the room was not involved or harmed.

The victim from the shooting at University Hospital is identified as Tim Grooms, 57 years old, of Lincolnton Georgia. Grooms was shot at least one time and died immediately. Grooms will be sent to the GBI Lab - Augusta for an autopsy tomorrow morning.

The 7th floor is still on lock down.

UPDATE: FOX54 has confirmed one person is dead following a shooting at University Hospital. The victim is identified as a male. Shooting was in a hospital room.


Dispatch has confirmed a suspect is in custody following a shooting at University Hospital.

FOX54 is told the shooting happened on the 7th floor. There are no reports of injuries at this time.

There is very little information at this time. We will get more information to you as soon as we get it.

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