BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) – A day after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a gunman entered a hospital and opened fire on two hospital employees and one police officer in Birmingham, Ala.

Police killed a gunman who entered St. Vincent’s Hospital early Saturday morning and began shooting at hospital employees. WIAT in Birmingham reports that one police officer and two hospital employees suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said that police received a call for an armed man walking in the hospital. When two officers confronted the man, the suspect opened fire, wounding one of the officers. The second officer shot back, mortally wounding the suspect.

Police told WIAT that the gunman began shooting around 4 a.m. Saturday on the fifth floor of the hospital.

William said detectives were still trying to determine Saturday why the armed man was in the hospital.

No additional details were released about the gunman. Police told WIAT that the situation is under control.

The shooting comes just one day after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 27 people, including 20 children.

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