Nurse among dead in LI correction officer rampage

June 16, 2010 3:18:50 PM PDT
An off-duty Nassau County corrections officer is in custody following three shootings at house in Hempstead and a hospital in East Meadow. Two of the victims died.

The 43-year-old North Babylon woman, identified as Kim Wolfe, is believed to be responsible for separate shootings at Nassau University Medical Center and at a home on Vermont Avenue in Hempstead.

Police say the incident began just before 2 a.m., when it is believed Wolfe shot a maternity ward nurse's aide in front of the hospital. A security guard reportedly found 45-year-old Stacie Williams, a 23-year employee of the medical center, lying in a corner near the building. It was initially thought she suffered a heart attack, but the guard rolled her over to find multiple gunshot wounds. She later died at the hospital.

Authorities say Wolfe was romantically involved with Williams.

Wolfe then allegedly shot two people, both relatives, at the Hempstead home. One of them, believed to be her 56-year-old uncle, was killed. The other is thought to be her grandfather, who was wounded in the leg. She then abducted her 23-year-old niece from the house and fled in a beige 2001 Mitsubishi Montero.

Wolfe was taken into custody on Harriet Avenue in Hempstead just before 6 a.m. without incident. Police say a gun was recovered in her lap at the time of the arrest, and tests will determine if it was the murder weapon.

The niece is said to be okay. Wolfe, a 19-year veteran who worked the midnight shift supervising inmates at the county jail next to the hospital, was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

Additionally, the youngest son of Stacie Williams was struck while running across Hempstead Turnpike to find out about his mother's condition. He was not seriously hurt and was treated and released from the hospital.

Williams' brother-in-law, Clarence King, said that the family "did not see this coming," and had never heard of Wolfe.

Detective Richard Laursen told reporters that Wolfe and the victim had been romantically involved but had split up and were trying to reconcile.

According to police sources, corrections officers have the option to store their guns at the jail while off duty, for safe-keeping and safety at home.

Kim Wolfe availed herself of that opportunity until this past Monday, when she took her guns home after her shift. Tuesday was her scheduled day off. Tuesday night she went to meet the victim.

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