A second-degree felony murder charge has been filed against a doctor at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Galveston, a hospital official confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday.
The Texas Tribune reports the criminal complaint alleges that Dr. Paul Smith, 50, has been charged with second-to-second degree murder, the second-highest form of manslaughter in Texas.
The complaint says Smith is charged with “killing, intentionally killing, wounding or causing bodily injury” to a person in his care and that “at least one other person is deceased.”
The criminal complaint also names two other people who were also present at the hospital during the shooting, but not the doctor.
Smith has been suspended without pay while the criminal investigation is ongoing.
Smith was fired from the hospital on Wednesday after an investigation determined he had been a danger to patients and staff.
The Associated Press was unable to reach Smith for comment.
The charges come less than a month after Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott signed a bill that makes it a felony to knowingly carry a firearm while under the influence of an infectious disease.
The bill also allows people to be charged with a second-level felony for a first-time felony.
Texas is one of a number of states to add gun-related misdemeanors to their criminal code.
In May, a judge in Colorado ordered an inmate to serve five days in jail for a conviction for possessing a gun in public while intoxicated, as well as three months in jail and a $2,000 fine for a second conviction.