NEW JERSEY - Investigators in New Jersey say that a nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) set a coworker on fire in the break room early on Monday. UPDATE: THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD
The Bergen County Prosecutor says it happened about 5:15 a.m. Hackensack police received a 911 call for an assault.
Officers responded to the hospital and found that an HUMC employee had been attacked and burned by Nicholas Pagano, 31, of West Deptford. Pagano then took off from the hospital.
The victim suffered third-degree burns over her upper body and hands, as well as a laceration to her head that required stitches.
She was treated in the emergency room and later transported to another medical facility for additional treatment.
Hackensack Meridian Health said the attacker was a male "contracted agency nurse" who worked at the hospital since mid-November. The company says there were no witnesses and police have no motive.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's Offie says Nicholas Pagano, 54, fled Hackensack University Medical Center in a Jeep Cherokee after setting an employee on fire.
Pagano was wanted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated arson, aggravated assault, and unlawful weapons possession. He was believed to be operating a 1998 white Jeep Grand Cherokee with black roof racks and New Jersey license plate number S57 NJH. He was believed is believed to be armed and dangerous.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Hackensack Meridian Health strongly condemns any act of violence," the hospital said in a statement released to FOX 5 News.
The hospital group says that additional security is stationed throughout the Hackensack campus.