Ashley County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Phillip Gilmore was dead in his office, a gunshot wound to his head, brains exposed in the wake of a disgruntled former patient lodging a complaint with a firearm.
Down the hall, other victims had been gunned down; some were wounded, others killed.
At least, that’s what the cards said.
“It doesn’t look good,” Gilmore said, holding out the pink card that read, “GSW to the head with brain matter showing; Respirations: none; capillary refill/radial pulse: none; radial pulse: absent; mental status: unconscious.”
The card, handed to him by the hospital’s laboratory director, Brenda Perritt — the perpetrator — was part of an emergency preparedness drill at the hospital April 12.
In this case, the emergency was for an active shooter. The other victims were nursing students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello — College of Technology at Crossett who had volunteered.
ACMC is required to have emergency drills twice a year, and seven other regional hospitals participated alongside the Ashley County exercise with drills on their own campuses.