A Nassau County corrections officer accused of going on a wild shooting rampage on Long Island has been charged with murdering her ex-girlfriend and uncle.
Kim Wolfe, 43, faces charges of second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault in connection with the deaths of nurse aide Stacie Williams, with whom police say she was romantically linked, and her own uncle. The Nassau County Corrections Officer was arraigned on the charges in First District Court, Hempstead, Thursday. She did not enter a plea.
Police say Wolfe, whose initial court appearance was delayed after she complained of breathing problems, shot Williams, a 45-year-old nurse's aide who worked the night shift in the maternity ward of Nassau University Medical Center, multiple times early Wednesday morning outside the hospital in East Meadow.
A hospital spokeswoman said the violence appeared to stem from 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.