- Associated Press - Thursday, March 8, 2012

PITTSBURGH — A gunman opened fire at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday in a shooting that killed two people, including the gunman, and wounded seven others.

A man who was in a nearby waiting room when the gunfire erupted said people scrambled to hide and decided they’d rush the gunman if he entered but he never did in the 15 or so minutes the ordeal lasted. Police later reported one of the dead was the gunman, said University of Pittsburgh Medical Center spokesman Paul Wood, who was briefed by police.

There were no details about the second dead person. It also was unclear whether the seven wounded people were patients, employees or visiting family members, Wood said.

Gregory Brant said he was in a waiting room on the first floor of the clinic building when pandemonium broke out.

“We heard a bunch of yelling, some shooting, people yelling, ‘Hide! Hide!” he said. “Everyone’s yelling, ‘Stay down!’”

Brant, 53, and six other people, including a young girl and her parents, barricaded themselves inside the waiting room. But he said they did not feel safe because there were doors with windows along adjacent walls.

“The way the room was arranged, if he (the gunman) had gone to either window and would have seen us in there, he could have done whatever he wanted,” Brant said.

The group crouched in a corner, hoping the gunman wouldn’t see them as he went past, Brant said. The men in the group decided on the spot that if the gunman entered the room, they would rush him.

“We were kind of sitting ducks,” Brant said. “Luckily, he didn’t see us in there, and we didn’t make eye contact with him.”

Brant estimated the ordeal lasted 15 or 20 minutes.

Neighboring buildings were placed on lockdown for hours, police said.

Wood said media reports about a possible second gunman and a hostage situation at the clinic or at UPMC Presbyterian hospital were unfounded.

A SWAT team was on the scene shortly after the shooting. A street was blocked off, and the area thronged with police. Most students are on spring break, though offices and buildings have been open.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said it had received some patients from the shooting. It said one patient was in intensive care, two were released and four will be admitted, three of them requiring operations in the next day. All were expected to survive.

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