Staff at Summerfield VA clinic prevent active shooter from harming anyone
MARION COUNTY--- Military veteran Stephen Cometa is under arrest for firing a gun inside a Veterans Affairs Clinic in Marion County.
Tuesday morning around 9 o' clock, investigators say Cometa came into the building, bypassed security and made his way to back of the building where he began shooting into an examination room.
Daniel Henery said, “We don't have any specific motives as to why Cometa came in with a gun this morning and started shooting, but we will find out."
Hospital security along with the FBI and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are investigating why 60-year-old Stephen Cometa was able to enter the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Summerfield and open fire.
Security officers say no one was shot during the incident and staff members acted quickly to stop the gunman.
Dr. Todd Donahoe said, "The staff responded immediately as they disarmed the man. And then the police ran in shortly after and assisted with getting him to the ground."
Sources from inside of the clinic say Cometa was a well-known patient and was flagged for having past disputes with the facility staff.
He was not scheduled for an appointment Tuesday. And even though one staff member suffered a small abrasion to the hand, the hospital's labor union officials say they're glad no one was seriously injured.
Muriel Newman said, “We’re going to sit around and talk to employees if they need that mental health provider. Or we will just sit and talk about their experience today. We're always here to talk to them for that."
Marion County Sheriff's deputies say Cometa is being held booked into the Marion County Jail and is on hold for the U.S. Marshals.
No bond has been set at this time and clinic officials say they'll use Tuesday's incident as an example to help better prepare the staff and officers for future events.
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