2 wounded, gunman dead in shooting at Wyomissing, Pa. medical facility

Police said one victim was in a relationship with the shooter, while the second victim was an innocent bystander.

Thursday, December 15, 2022
2 wounded, gunman dead in shooting at Wyomissing medical facility
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Police say two people were injured and the gunman is dead after a shooting at a medical facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police say two people were injured and the gunman is dead after a shooting at a medical facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

According to police, shots were fired in the rear parking lot of Digestive Disease Associates on the 1100 block of Reed Avenue in Wyomissing at about 8:30 a.m.

Police said Xavier Starks pulled a gun and got into an argument with a woman who works there.

The shooter and the female victim were in a relationship and the breakup had not been amicable, police said.

The woman has since been identified as Stacie Vereen. She was shot in the neck and face area, police said.

Another employee, identified as Travis Ritter, tried to disarm the gunman, police said. He was shot in the upper-chest region.

Both victims were taken to Reading Hospital, but Vereen has since been transferred to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Starks was found dead at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said they were familiar with the shooter and have had contact with him before for an ongoing domestic dispute.

Officers had been to the medical facility previously to train employees how to respond in a situation like this.

"Our agency was here earlier this year and gave them an active shooter demonstration on how to respond if something like this should happen," said Chief John Phillips, with the Wyomissing's police department.

Following the shooting, Tower Health issued the following statement: "This tragic situation is obviously of great concern to our staff and physicians, and we are offering full support to our colleagues at DDA and Tower Health employees."

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call police.