Husband Shoots Wife Inside NJ Hospital; Son Found Dead In Family Home
STRATFORD, N.J. (CBS) — Investigators say a man fatally shot his wife and then wounded himself inside a hospital room in South Jersey Wednesday.
In addition, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said the couple’s son was later found fatally shot at their home.
The incident happened inside Kennedy University Hospital on E. Laurel Road in Stratford, New Jersey.
According to investigators, 63-year-old Raymond Wychowanec went to visit his wife, 62-year-old Denise Wychowanec, at about 9:25 a.m. in a second floor room at the hospital.
“We certainly don’t do a thorough investigation of everyone who comes through the hospital. We don’t scan them or wand them. That’s not out protocol. We have to provide access to care. He was visiting his loved one,” Kennedy University Hospital President Joe Devine said.
Approximately 45 minutes later, hospital staff reported hearing gunshots. Investigators said Raymond shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
“Medical staff entered the room at which point in time Mr. Raymond then shot himself,” Capt. Ron Moten of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Denise Wychowanec died a short time later.
Neighbors say she had been suffering with chronic medical problems and was often confined to a wheelchair.
“She was in an accident years ago. It affected her neck and her back and plus other medical issues were starting to happen. I know the medical bills were piling up,” neighbor Cindy Ivins said.
Off camera another neighbor told CBS 3 the couple’s son always kept to himself, and on at least one occasion his father said the two of them got into a physical altercation.
Raymond Wychowanec was air-lifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“He was always friendly. Just a regular guy. It’s hard to believe, very hard to believe,” neighbor Bob Ivins said.
Officials found the body of 35-year-old Ryan Wychowanec at the couple’s home in Glendora, New Jersey later Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Penn Medicine says Ryan was an employee there for ten years. They released the following statement regarding the deadly shooting:
‘We were shocked to hear about the tragic and senseless death of Ryan Wychowanec, who was a dedicated and valued member of the Penn Medicine community for more than a decade. We offer our deepest condolences to those in the midst of this terrible tragedy.’
On his Facebook page Ryan Wychowanec said he worked as a resource technologist.
His father was last listed in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital.
Investigators are testing to see if the gun used at the hospital is the same gun used in the shooting at the home.
CBS 3’s Todd Quinones contributed to this report.
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