Ochsner LSU Health lockdown Feb. 1, 2021

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Two Ochsner LSU Health employees were stabbed Monday afternoon by a knife-wielding man who appears to be on the run, police said. 

The identity of the man is unknown. However, he is believed to be driving an old green Saturn SUV, Cpl. Glen Heckard said. 

Heckard did not provide a description of the man.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. inside the hospital. Within 30 minutes, 21 SPD units were on the scene. 

Several women who came outside of the hospital identified themselves as relatives of a man who they said stabbed his mother in the head. The women described the weapon as a machete, but Heckard said it was a "just a large knife."

That woman's injuries, as well as the injury the other employee, are not considered life-threatening, Heckard said. 

When the stabbing happened the hospital put out a "code silver" to lock it down. That also meant no could enter or leave. All doors were also monitored. 

Hospital spokeswoman Tina Martinez could not confirm what happened inside to prompt the alert. 

Operations inside the hospital continued while the property was searched.

The "all clear" was given at 4 p.m. 

9 p.m. update

Shreveport Police are still looking for man responsible for the stabbings. A family gathered outside of Ochsner LSU Health said they were related to the suspect. They spoke with media, hoping that he might hear what they had to say. 

"I just want you to turn yourself down, I'm pleading with you, I'm begging you. You see my crying." said Juanita Walker, the suspect's aunt. The family confirmed that one of the victims is the suspect's mother. According to family, his name is ZaOkoye O'shawn Chatman.   

Police said the suspect got away and gave a description of the vehicle.

"That vehicle is definitely a green Saturn older model SUV, possibly a Vue," said Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Glen Heckard.

His family did not know he was in town and believed that he was in Denver. They said he is mentally unstable.

"Sometimes he gets out of his mind, he doesn’t take his medication. He still thinks he's in Iraq," said the suspect's uncle, Anthony Chatman.

The family was at the hospital all day. They wanted the suspect, they call O'shawn, to know one thing.

"Please turn yourself in O'shawn," said Walker. "I love you. We all love you. We want you to do right."

If you know anything as far as the whereabouts of this suspect, call Caddo Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.


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