NEWARK, New Jersey — What appeared to be a domestic dispute escalated when a woman stabbed three health care workers Friday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, according to police.
The woman, identified as Firdousi Abdul-Hakim, 37, was visiting a patient in the pediatric intensive care unit when she pulled out a gun and slashed two nurses and a resident doctor during an altercation shortly after 7 a.m., he said. police.
Abdul-Hakim, who was visiting the patient with another person, used a knife or some type of cutting instrument, according to police.
The hospital workers suffered lacerations and were all reportedly in stable condition. They were treated for minor injuries in the hospital emergency room.
“She shouldn’t have to come to work and get stabbed. That doesn’t make sense. But you know, it’s the world we live in,” said Alishia Willis, who lives in NY.
No one else was injured, but patients were left shaken.
“It’s very unfortunate that something like this would happen to a nurse who is here in a facility to help us and take care of the sick,” Jonathan Joyner said.
“We need to do a better job of caring for this world. We need to open up a little more love and stop having so much hate and anger, because it’s too much,” Willis said.
Hospital security and Newark police responded to the attack.
Abdul-Hakim was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Some pediatric ICU patients were moved to nearby hospitals because of the cuts, sources told CBS New York.
The incident remains under investigation.