Woman killed in garage at Dallas hospital

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by JASON WHITELY / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

DALLAS — Police are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday evening in a parking garage at the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus in Dallas.

"Nothing like this has happened here in three decades," according to Russell Rian, UT Southwestern spokesman.

Someone heard multiple gunshots and called police, he said. When police arrived, they discovered a woman, later identified by authorities as 40-year-old Karen Smith, unresponsive on the third level of Garage 2 on campus about 7:35 p.m.

The garage is located at 5303 Harry Hines Boulevard near the southern cloverleaf exit at Inwood Road, across from a Wendy's restaurant.

A text alert sent to UT Southwestern employees about a half hour after the shooting described a "dangerous situation on campus," adding: "UT police are investigating a possible homicide on campus near Garage 2."

The entire campus was placed on lockdown, meaning people inside classrooms and laboratories locked themselves inside.

The alert was rescinded at 11 p.m.: "UTSW situation is under control. Please resume normal business operations. No imminent danger. Believed to be an isolated incident."

Dallas police and homicide detectives were called to assist UT Southwestern police at the scene of the crime in the well-lit but little-traveled parking garage.

One staffer told WFAA the garage is primarily used by staff and researchers instead of hospital employees.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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