An off-duty jail guard went to a hospital early Wednesday and fatally shot a nurse's aide she had dated, then drove to a nearby house where she shot to death her own uncle and wounded her grandfather, police said.
Kim Wolfe, a 43-year-old Nassau County correction officer, was in custody awaiting arraignment on unspecified charges. Any court proceeding was likely to be delayed after she was later taken to the same hospital where the aide was shot, complaining of difficulty breathing. It was not immediately clear whether she had a lawyer.
Stacie Williams, 45, a nurse's aide who worked the night shift in the maternity ward of Nassau University Medical Center, was found shot multiple times early Wednesday outside the Long Island hospital's visitor's entrance.
In the other shooting in nearby Hempstead, Wolfe's 56-year-old uncle was fatally shot, Lt. Kevin Smith said. Her grandfather was shot in the leg.
Wolfe also abducted her 23-year-old niece before fleeing the scene in a car, Smith said.
Police later pulled over the car and Wolfe surrendered peacefully, Smith said. Her niece was not harmed.
Police said the suspect was armed, and they would test the firearm to determine whether it was used in the shootings.
A Nassau County homicide detective told reporters that Wolfe and Williams had a romantic relationship.
"They had broken up and were trying to reconcile," Detective Richard Laursen said.
Williams worked at the hospital for 23 years, hospital spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg said. "Our sympathies and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues," she said.
Smith said Williams' son, who rushed to the hospital after hearing of the shooting, was struck by a car while crossing the street in front of the medical center. His name and condition were not immediately released.
Wolfe is a correction officer of 19 years who worked the midnight shift supervising inmates at the county jail next to the hospital, said Liz Consolo, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County sheriff's office.