A hospital worker armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and kitted out with body armour has shot and killed a co-worker inside the hospital, police said.

The 55-year-old male suspect tried to flee but was surrounded by Philadelphia police early Monday (4th October).

A shootout broke out with four cops and the suspect, injuring him and two of the officers.

The victim who lost their life in the hospital has been identified as 43-year-old Anrae James – he was a certified nursing assistant.

Investigators claim the shooter knew the victim well, NBC Philadelphia reports.

The suspect was wearing scrubs when he opened fire just after midnight and hastily escaped in a truck, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference.

Outlaw added: "We do believe that the other employee was targeted.

The reasons why, at this point, we still don't know and are unclear."

Police officers confronted the suspect as he tried to flee through the city but he unleashed a large string of bullets, shooting two officers, police said.

The suspect was wearing protective body armour but was shot in the upper body and neck.

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An officer was shot in the elbow but is expected to make a full recovery.

The other officer was shot in the nose and has already been released from hospital.

Police have confirmed they are not aware of the motive for the hospital shooting.

Anrae James' father, William James, was in disbelief when he spoke with NBC10.

William James, Anrae James' father, said: "All my family is devastated.

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"All his friends are devastated. And for what? For what?

"You have a man doing everything that he's supposed to do. Not on the corner. Not up all night dragging the neighbourhood down. He's at work. He goes to work to die. That's what is hurting me."

Heartbroken William James says he wants the man who killed his son to "be locked up or die".

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Philadelphia saw two deadly workplace shootings in three days.

A security guard was tragically shot and killed inside an office building on Friday.

"Active shooter situations are typically incidents that happen far and few in between," Outlaw said.

"It's not supposed to happen this close together, but we are all prepared to respond quickly and deal with it, and that's what we will continue to do."

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