A Nassau County corrections officer went on a wild rampage early this morning, shooting her ex-girlfriend and uncle to death, wounding her grandfather and later kidnapping her niece, 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.
Polie say Wolfe shot Stacie Williams, a 45-year-old nurse's aide who worked the night shift in the maternity ward of Nassau University Medical Center, shot multiple times at about 1 a.m. outside the hospital in East Meadow. Medical personnel couldn't revive her. Authorities say the two had been romantically involved.
A hospital spokeswoman said it appeared to be a domestic dispute. She referred other questions about the shooting to police, who did not offer details on a possible motive.
Detective Richard Laursen has told reporters that Wolfe and the victim had been romantically involved but had split up and were trying to reconcile.
Williams worked at the hospital for 23 years, according to NUMC spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg. "Our sympathies and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues,'' she said.
Lt. Kevin 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.
In the other shooting about 3 1/2 miles away in Hempstead, a 56-year-old man believed to be Wolfe's uncle was shot to death. Authorities responding to the scene also found another man, believed to be Wolfe's grandfather, shot in the leg.
Wolfe also abducted a 23-year-old woman believed to be her niece before fleeing the scene in a car, police said.
The car was pulled over by police at 5:45 a.m. and the suspect surrendered peacefully, Smith said. The 23-year-old was found unharmed.
Police said the suspect was armed, and they would test the firearm to determine whether it was used in the shootings.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of today's tragic shooting," Mangano said in a statement. "The men and women of the Nassau Police Department acted swiftly, apprehended the shooter and freed a hostage. They will continue to investigate the matter."
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. She was not scheduled to work on Wednesday morning, the spokeswoman said.
Consolo declined to comment on Wolfe's disciplinary record or any other details of her employment.