Dr. Timothy Jorden Believed Dead [Continuing Coverage, Updated 12:00 p.m.]
A 33-year-old woman identified by police as Jackie Wisniewski, who was employed as a hospital clerk, was shot multiple times and killed on the grounds of the Erie County Medical Center Wednesday morning, June 13, according to Buffalo police.
First reports indicated that the shooting occurred at the David K. Miller Building on the hospital’s campus around 8:15 a.m. The Buffalo Police SWAT Team responded to the scene, as did the Erie County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and representatives from Homeland Security.
Witnesses said they heard four shots fired. Some outlets had reported that there may have been a second shooting in the hospital, but Buffalo police said that those reports were unfounded.
The gunman is ECMC trauma surgeon Dr. Timothy Jorden, Jr., 49, of Lakeview, who is described as a bald, Black male, approximately 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Jorden may also be “special weapons trained,” according to police.
Friday, June 15, 2012
12 p.m. UPDATE: According to WGRZ-TV, a body believed to be that of Dr. Timothy Jorden has been found in the woods along 18-Mile Creek behind his home in Lakeview. Sources say that the body that was found was wearing hospital scrubs.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
1:30 p.m. UPDATE: According to a late morning News Conference by the Buffalo Police Commissioner an alert has been issued to every law enforcement agency across the country, including local, state and federal offices, to be on the lookout for Dr. Jorden.
The F.B.I. is now reportedly involved in the search, in case Jorden has crossed state lines.
News 4 WIVB reports that authorities are currently searching a ravine near the doctor’s Lakeview home after a neighbor reported hearing a single gunshot.
12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Just after noon, WIVB-TV reported that ECMC was evacuated after a bomb threat. As of now, the hospital has been given the “all-clear,” and the evacuation has ended.
12 p.m. UPDATE: The Associated Press reported that shortly before 11 a.m., police canine units began to search the cliffs behind Dr. Timothy Jorden’s home.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
9:00 p.m. UPDATE: Police report that Dr. Jorden’s home is empty, so the search continues. Electricity has been restored to the Lakeview neighborhood.
7:00 p.m. UPDATE: Channel 4 reports that two ambulances have been brought in near the home of Dr. Jorden. Police say the ambulances are on standby.
6:30 p.m. UPDATE: WIVB-TV (Channel 4)’s video update on this developing story.
6:00 p.m. UPDATE: Police SWAT units have positioned themselves around Dr. Jorden’s home in Lakeview, and utility crews have reportedly cut power to the neighborhood, according to WIVB-TV. There is no official word as to the whereabouts of Dr. Jorden, who police have described as armed and dangerous.
The victim in today’s shooting has been identified by police as Jackie Wisniewski, who was employed as a clerk at the hospital.
1:10 p.m. UPDATE: Dr. Jorden has also practiced at Buffalo General Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, according to Kaleida Health.
12:35 p.m. UPDATE: According to a press conference with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, no local residents, hospital staff or patients are in danger. This morning’s shooting was “not a random act,” Derenda said.
Police and SWAT are currently searching a Lakeview neighborhood, where Dr. Jorden is believed to live.
12:20 p.m. UPDATE: ECMC has re-opened all buildings except for the Miller Building, where the shooting took place.
Additionally, the Buffalo Public School district has released a statement regarding the schools in the surrounding area:
Following an incident inside Erie County Medical Center early this morning, the Buffalo Public School District is following emergency procedures at schools in the surrounding area. Police officers have patrolled the buildings and have a presence in the area surrounding the schools. School administration is in contact with district administration and law enforcement for further guidance.
The district is confident that every effort is being made to ensure the safety of our students and staff at this time.
12: 15 p.m. UPDATE: Police are looking for four vehicles registered under Jorden’s name — two GMC Sierra pickups, a Cadillac and a Chevy Cobalt, all 2008 or 2010 models.
11:40 a.m. UPDATE: Due to the shooting and its close proximity, Sisters Hospital is now also under a heightened state of security. Dr. Jorden has also practiced there, according to police.