Two people fatally shot in Sycamore hospital room
By BILL BIRD Sun-Times Media September 4, 2012 10:44PM
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:03PM
A male and female were fatally shot in a room of a Sycamore hospital Tuesday evening – at least one of them by a self-inflicted wound, officials said.
Police responded to “a call of gunshots” about 5:50 p.m. in a room at Kindred Hospital, 225 Edward St., said Sycamore Det. Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber.
Police “quickly determined there were two deceased persons in the room,” Swartzendruber said.
Police “recovered a gun in the room, and during the investigation, learned nobody fled from the room, so there are no other suspects.”
Swartzendruber would say only that police found a male patient in the room, along with a female visitor, both dead. Police latyer named the victims as patient Mario Engoglia, 54, and his female visitor, Susan Triezenberg, 57. Engoglia and Triezenberg lived together in Granville, Illinois in Putnam County, police said.
“We are continuing the investigation, and at this point we are not ready to release exactly what happened,” Swartzendruber said. “But we are not looking for a suspect. There is no danger to the public, and the hospital has continued with its operations and patient care.”
The police department later issued a statement Wednesday morning, saying they believe “one or both of the victims’ deaths were self-inflicted.”
Kindred Hospital is an acute care or extended care facility for patients who have serious illnesses.
Micki Dettman, Kindred Hospital’s chief clinical officer, on Tuesday released a statement in which hospital officials said the shootings were “an isolated incident and a very sad and unfortunate situation.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Dettman said. “We are cooperating with the local authorities.”
Dettman added, “due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.”