Two nurses and a medical student were stabbed to death Friday morning during an altercation between two visitors in a pediatric intensive care unit at a New Jersey hospital.
The incident occurred around 7 a.m. when an argument broke out between two visitors at Newark Beth Israel Hospital.
According to reports, Firdousi Abdul Hakim, a 37-year-old woman, allegedly grabbed a sharp cutting instrument and stabbed the victims. fox 5.
They suffered minor lacerations and were treated at a hospital emergency room, Fox 5 reported.
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It is unclear what prompted Abdul Hakim to attack hospital staff. Sources told ABC 7 that the suspect became enraged after being told there were too many visitors, so he pulled out a weapon and began cutting staff members.
Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Flage said Abdul-Hakim faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault and illegal possession of a weapon.
The hospital said in a statement that no patients or family members were injured in the incident.
“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center security personnel and the Newark Police Department immediately responded and took the suspect into custody,” the statement said.
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“The Newark Police Department continues to investigate this incident,” the statement concluded.