Why We Carry: Ex-Employee Shoots And Kills 1, Then Self, At Veterinarian Hospital In Sarasota

by Tommy Grant

SARASOTA, FLORIDA — Two individuals lost their lives in a shooting at the KindVet of Sarasota Urgent Care veterinary hospital on Wednesday evening. The incident, which took place around 5:10 p.m., is suspected to be a case of murder-suicide. On arrival, law enforcement from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office discovered two people with gunshot injuries. The alleged shooter was found dead on the premises, while the second individual succumbed to their injuries after being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The person believed to have committed the shooting previously worked at the veterinary hospital, as per information from the sheriff’s office. There are indications that a social media post made before the event might be linked to this violent incident, which can be viewed below.

In the midst of the chaos, a mother named Gale Hanscom received a distressing text from her daughter, an employee at the hospital, who had taken shelter in a closet. Her daughter later revealed that she overheard an argument involving the former employee and a doctor, followed by six gunshots. Displaying courage under such tense circumstances, she promptly dialed 911. Expressing her relief at reuniting with her daughter, Hanscom praised her child’s quick thinking and bravery.

Authorities have reported that investigations related to the event are still underway.

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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