Update on Incident at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown

Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street

Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street is at 17th and Chew streets in Allentown, Pa.

This is statement from Chuck Lewis, senior vice president, external affairs.

We wish to confirm that at about 1 o’clock this afternoon a hospice patient was shot and killed by her elderly husband on the hospice inpatient unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street in Allentown. The gentleman died from a self-inflected gunshot wound.

According to police, the situation appears to be a discrete incident that was a murder suicide. No other patients or staff were harmed or threatened.

This is a very tragic event and our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and our Lehigh Valley Health Network colleagues who were involved.