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Man, 23, committed suicide at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene

A 23-year-old man died Wednesday night after shooting himself at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

According to police, the man -- who's name has not been released -- walked up to the triage window at 8:55 p.m. and told a nurse his blood type and that he was an organ donor. He then shot himself.

Police said the victim was "immediately treated by HMC staff," but died at 9:17 p.m.

"I seen a bunch of people from the lobby come running out," a witness said. "I asked a guy what happened and he said a guy ... shot himself."

The hospital was placed on diversion for several hours, but reopened by 11:10 p.m.

"No threats were made to anyone else," police said.

Hendrick and APD are offering counseling and support to both witnesses and staff. If you fall into those categories and would like to take advantage of the free counseling, contact the hospital chaplain or police chaplain. Employees can also get counseling through the Hendrick Wellness Program.


RELATED: National Suicide Prevention Hotline


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