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Man shoots self at Bel Air hospital

A 69-year-old man shot and killed himself at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air early Tuesday morning, officials said.

No one witnessed the shooting and no other patients, physicians or hospital employees were involved, said Martha Mallonee, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Hospital workers contacted police after the shooting, she said.

It was not clear why the man had a gun at the hospital, but Mallonee said that there was generally no reason for a patient’s belongings to be searched at the hospital.

“We’re all deeply saddened by it,” Mallonee said, but would provide no further details because police were investigating.

Det. Sgt. James Lockard of the Bel Air Police Department did not release the man’s name Wednesday, citing a privacy issue relating to suicide.

Lockard would only confirm the deceased’s age, gender and that he had committed suicide with a gun.