SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police arrested a woman who was allegedly carrying a loaded, stolen gun near Mercy Medical Center last week.
Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that 22 year-old Erica Morales had been loitering outside the hospital Tuesday when employees asked her if she needed help. Morales asked to go to the clerk’s office which was closed.
Walsh says one of the employees noticed that she had a gun on her leg, and called security, which was able to secure the firearm. An officer working a detail at the hospital arrested Morales on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license and receiving stolen property. The gun had been reported stolen out of Athol.
Mercy Medical Center spokesperson Mary Orr sent 22News the following statement:
“Mercy Medical Center is committed to the delivery of high quality care in a safe, secure environment. As part of this commitment, staff members are trained to successfully deal with unpredictable scenarios through de-escalation. In this case, our internal security staff was able to quickly assess the situation and safely defuse it. We are also grateful to Springfield police for their immediate response.”