Patient brain dead after hospital attack (2)

Woman was in ER, manhunt for assailant

(ANSA) - Taranto, August 9 - A woman was declared brain dead overnight after being hit in the head by a blunt instrument at Taranto's Santissima Annunziata hospital by a man who then fled the scene, sources said on Wednesday. The 73-year-old woman was attacked while she was on a hospital bed waiting for treatment in the emergency room late on Tuesday.
    Police are looking for a man aged around 40 with long, curly hair.
    Investigators have not yet established whether the killer knew the woman or is mentally ill.