(Washington Post) "Hey, we need the police stat, to the hospital. We have a family member with a gun."
This is the call that a staff member at Tomball Regional Medical Center put in 11 months ago, when George Pickering of Pinehurst, Tex., angrily pulled out a 9 mm handgun while standing at his son's hospital bedside.
Gary Hammond, Tomball police's head of criminal investigations, told the Houston Chronicle at the time that Pickering was "distraught" over the care his son, George Pickering III, was receiving. The younger Pickering was on life support after having a stroke.
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According to witnesses, Pickering yelled, "I'll kill all of you," and pointed the gun at hospital workers. A nurse and Pickering's ex-wife left after he reportedly said, "You don't think that's the only weapon I got."