WMC shooting suspect claims to have taken LSD

Mitchell Taylor courtesy of the Casper Police Dept

A man accused of opening fire at a Natrona County Hospital told investigators that he had taken the drug LSD prior to the incident, according to paperwork released by the Casper Police Department.

CPD officials released an affidavit filed in the case against 20-year-old Mitchell Taylor, Tuesday morning.

Taylor faces two recommended charges of Aggravated Assault, as well as recommended charges of Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and one charge of Felony Property Destruction.

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According to the affidavit, Taylor reported having thoughts of self harm in the time leading up to the incident. He also reportedly told investigators that he had ingested LSD before going to the hospital.

Lysergic acid diethylamide also known as LSD or “acid,” is a hallucinogenic drug.

Taylor told police that he went to WMC to seek assistance, but could not find anyone to help him. He reports that he remembers holding the gun to his head, but not remembering anything after that.

Taylor did report to investigators that he believed he fired the gun at some point.

He further told police that he had taken the drug LSD before.

Taylor is quoted in the affidavit as asking officers if he had killed anyone. Officers told the suspect that he had not, and Taylor replied “that’s what I figured.”

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The affidavit also reports interviews with two witnesses to the incident. A housekeeper at the hospital said that she saw a man standing in a hallway, and when questioned, the man pointed the gun at the custodian and fired several shots. The housekeeper said that they fled the area.

Police also say that they interviewed a physician at the facility, who said that a loud bang sound caught his attention. When the doctor turned, he saw a man pointing a gun at him. The doctor reportedly fled the area into the Emergency Room of Wyoming Medical Center, saying that he heard several bangs behind him.

During a press conference, Monday morning, Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters said that the Emergency Department was secured and Taylor did not gain entry into the area. “They continued through several corridors and continuing into the lower floor of the Wyoming Medical Center. They eventually located the suspect in an area on the Wyoming Medical Center Campus known as the Physical Plant, located [on] South Conwell Street.”

Taylor is reported to have initially retreated from officers, and was taken into custody using a police issue Taser.

“After his apprehension, the suspect was immediately transferred to the Wyoming Medical Center Emergency Room where medical staff verified that the suspect suffered no ill effects from the Electronic Control Device and cleared him for incarceration at the Natrona County Detention Center,” McPheeters said.

Casper Police have asked anyone with information related to Taylor, especially his whereabouts Sunday, or any other information pertinent to the investigation, please contact Detective White at the Casper Police Department (307)-235-8216.