‘This is an act of terror’: Residents at Sunnyview nursing homes fear attack by man they believe is ‘lone wolf’
By SALLY KEEHAN, Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif.
(AP) “This is a man who I know is going to hurt someone.
He is not a lone wolf,” said one resident who did not want to give her name.
“He’s not dangerous.”
A man who authorities say is armed with a handgun and a knife is believed to have attacked and seriously injured residents of a nursing home in the Santa Clara Valley, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m.
Friday at the Sunnyview Nursing Home, located on a farm near Collingswood.
Authorities are not releasing a motive for the attack but said they suspect the gunman was targeting residents of the nursing home.
The attack was not random, but was planned months in advance, said Sgt. Richard Stowe, a sheriff’s department spokesman.
The shooting comes less than two weeks after an intruder at a nursing-home in Santa Clara killed a nurse and a nurse’s aide.
Stowe said the shooting occurred in a nursing facility where the two victims worked.
He said the resident who was shot was taken to a hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The injured nurse, who was a resident of the facility, was in stable condition and expected to survive, Stowe said.
“This is not random,” he said.
“We’re not sure what the motivation was for this.”
Police were searching for a suspect who had barricaded himself inside a nearby home, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Jamieson said.
Jamieso said there were “no indications” the man was armed and the suspect was not in the area.
There were no additional details on the injured resident.
Investigators were working to determine whether the attack was premeditated, Jamiese said.