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Birmingham police investigating shooting at Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham police are investigating a shooting at Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center near the Liberty Park suburb, ABC 33/40 has learned.

Authorities responded to a report of a shooting around 2 p.m. at the center located at 150 Glenwood Lane. Upon arriving, officers found a woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who hasn't been identified -- was pronounced deceased at the scene a short time later.

According to an employee, the victim was shot several times by her husband. The man fled the scene on foot, carjacking a nearby vehicle.

According to Irondale police, the suspected gunman -- a 51-year-old black male --  had the carjacking victim drive him to the Jack's restaurant on Crestwood Boulevard, where he got out of the car and fled the scene on foot. The victim called police and a short time later, officers located the man walking near the 1800 block of Montclair Road. He was taken into custody and handed over to Birmingham police. 

Lee Yount, the CEO of Glenwood, released the following statement regarding the shooting:

"The only information that we can share at this time is that the staff member worked for us for over 15 years and was recently recognized for her service. She was kind, compassionate, and helpful to everyone. She worked in our Auxilary Department which includes maintenance, housekeeping, laundry and food services. The incident occurred at this building and our service programs were not involved. No one else encountered the suspect who is her estranged husband. He was seen leaving the grounds. Our clients were never in danger. The campus went on lock down for safety reasons until the police gave the all clear message. The suspect was arrested. We are in shock and deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful member of our staff. We have made arrangements for grief counselors to come in to help our staff deal with this tragedy."

According to its website, "Glenwood provides more than 20 different services, treatments and educational programs to children, adolescents, and adults with autism and behavioral disorders."
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