- A Cape Town nurse is being hailed a hero after disarming a gunman at the New Somerset Hospital who shot and killed three people
- Sister Diane Seale managed to hugged the suspect and gained his trust until he agreed to be sedated
- The nurse said her goal was to ensure the shooter calmed down and the other patients in the ward were safe
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CAPE TOWN - A brave nurse put her life at risk to ensure her patients were treated when she calmed and comforted a gunman at the New Somerset Hospital on Saturday 7 May. Sister Diane Seale hugged the suspect and spoke to him until he agreed to be sedated.
Jaun-Paul Carl Malgas allegedly shot three people including a police officer, 32-year-old Constable Donay Phillips, before Seale entered the crime scene. She said she made eye contact with him and walked him to a cubicle where they chatted for a bit.
Seale gained his trust and he calmed down and kept him focused. She also tried to ask him to put the gun down a few times and said her main goal was to keep him away from the staff and other patients. While she spoke to the suspect a team of armed police officers positioned themselves outside the cubicle. After being sedated, Malgas was subdued by the police team.
The Emergency Centre Head of New Somerset Hospital Prof Roger Dickerson commended the nurse and said she was willing to sacrifice herself and her wellbeing to ensure the safety of others. TimesLIVE reported he said the staff at the hospital were horrified but pulled themselves together and ensured that the patients were taken care of. He added that the staff displayed profound professionalism and humanity throughout the incident.
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The Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde told News24 that Seale’s unwavering focus and attention allowed countless lives to be spared from the shooter. He added that the team showcased caring, competence and responsiveness.
Praises all around
South Africans have nothing but pure admiration for the brave nurse:
“The poor thug needed a mother's love.”
“This amazing lady is so brave and deserves a medal.”
“What an amazing woman that nurse is. So brave.”
“This lady deserves a special humanity and peace award. Wow. Alan Winde, the Western Cape and Somerset Hospital are truly blessed.”
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In a related matter, Briefly News reported tragedy struck Somerset Hospital in Cape Town over the weekend when a patient was able to disarm a policeman. The patient turned the gun on the officer as well as two other patients.
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The two patients were shot dead inside the hospital and the officer tragically succumbed to his wounds after being shot in the head.
The two patients were near the suspect when the shots were fired from the policeman's gun. Novel Potelwa of the police explained that the police had taken a 35-year-old suspect to the hospital for treatment when a 40-year-old man was able to wrestle the gun away from the officer. The suspect then fired several shots.
Source: Briefly News