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Woman stabbed in Mercy Surgery Center; suspect in custody

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 8:56 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Mercy Surgery Center was placed on police lockdown Friday morning after a woman was stabbed in a stairwell.

The Springfield Police Department says the stabbing suspect is now in custody. According to Mercy, the victim is in serious condition and works in the ministry of the Surgery Center.

The stabbing happened just after 7 a.m. Friday in the first floor stairwell of the Surgery Center. Police responded to the Mercy Surgery Center building at East Seminole Street and South National Avenue in Springfield.

Mercy spokesperson Sonya Kullmann says the woman stabbed is an employee. And police say she was in a relationship with the man believed to be responsible. The man left the scene, but has since been taken into custody.

Mercy’s nearby main hospital was also briefly put on lockdown, but has since reopened. The surgery center remains closed.

In a tweet on Twitter, Mercy said “We will be contacting patients who are scheduled to be in the building today to reschedule or send to another location.”

According to police, they have very limited information about what led up to the assault.

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