An Oakwood man was fatally shot around 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, by police after a report of a gunman in the area of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Gainesville campus.
The suspect has been identified as Adam Paul English, 21, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A caller reported to 911 that a man was waving a gun and walking in the area of 1075 Jesse Jewell Parkway at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates, according to the GBI.
Gainesville officers responded to the scene outside the medical office and located English.
Gainesville Police Lt. Andy Smith said Friday the officers spoke to English, but he “failed to comply with those (verbal) commands.” The GBI reports officers told English to drop the weapon.
English was shot multiple times by two officers, according to the GBI. English was transported to NGMC, where he was pronounced dead.
Police initially reported three people — the suspect and two Gainesville Police officers — were taken to the hospital following the shooting. The officers were being evaluated at the hospital per protocol, according to authorities. The officers were uninjured.
Smith did not answer questions Friday about the suspect being armed or firing any shots.
A video sent to The Times shows the suspect being shot by officers and dropping to the ground. The video begins at the moment the shots are fired, providing no information about what led up to that moment. The Times has been unable to determine the original source of the video or any additional information about it.
A gun was located at the scene. Crime scene officials were photographing a white bag at the scene, but Smith did not release any information about its significance to the case.
The GBI is investigating, as is standard for officer-involved shootings.
The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy of English’s body.
The GBI declined to answer any additional questions about the incident.
Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.
NGMC Gainesville was on a brief lockdown.
Hospital spokesman discusses lockdownNortheast Georgia Medical Center spokesman Sean Couch discusses the lockdown steps the hospital took during a shooting that occurred in front of its campus on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville on Friday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2019.
At 4:33 p.m. Friday, hospital security got a call from a nurse in the surgical associates building asking for security to go to the building. Hospital security called the Gainesville Police Department and went to the surgical associates building. Within two minutes, doors at the surgical associates building were locked, hospital spokeswoman Beth Downs said Saturday. Hospital security also contacted Hall County. At 4:40 p.m., a lockdown was initiated at the hospital’s emergency department, and Downs said the hospital has a button that can be pressed to lock certain doors in emergency situations. Security officers stood by hospital entrances to answer questions from people coming in, Downs said.
Reporter Megan Reed contributed.