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Hospital shooting suspect enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Mitchell Taylor courtesy of the Casper Police Dept

A man accused of opening fire inside of a Casper hospital has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Officials with the Natrona County District Court confirm that Mitchell Taylor has entered a plea of not guilty to charges including Aggravated Assault, Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Felony Property Destruction.

At approximately 1:06 a.m. on March 4, 2019 officers from the Casper Police Department responded to Wyoming Medical Center for multiple reports of gunshots heard inside the hospital.

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Officers arrived at 1:10 am, searched the hospital for the suspect, finding him at the physical plant on the WMC campus on Conwell street.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, 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.

During a preliminary hearing in the case on March 14, 2019, police say that they spoke to a housekeeper at the hospital, who said she entered a hospital hallway from an adjacent room and saw Taylor with the gun “pointed away from himself.” This, according to one detective’s testimony. The witness then claimed that Taylor said “what are you looking at?”

The housekeeper then told investigators that she fled the area, and heard approximately three shots being fired, as she was running away. The detective testified that shots had struck a storage cabinet in the area where the housekeeper had been standing.

Investigators say that another employee of Wyoming Medical Center, identified as a doctor, also said that he had seen Taylor with a gun, in the WMC hallways. The doctor was reported to have left a physician’s lounge area, before noticing Taylor, who was reportedly crouched and pointing a gun at the doctor.

The doctor fled the area and said that as he was running to the Emergency Room area of WMC, he heard approximately four shots behind him. The investigator said that bullet damage was found nearby where the doctor had been standing by a concrete door.

The gun, which was said to have been recovered by police was reported as a Springfield 9mm handgun.

Taylor is believed to have originally entered the building from a security door, that may have been unlocked at the time of the incident.

During the arraignment hearing on May 8, 2019; District Court officials confirm that Taylor also received a modified bond amount to $250,000. The amount had originally be set at  $500,000 cash or surety, during his March initial appearance.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.