Police respond to ‘shooting’ reports at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston
PUBLISHED Tue, February 21, 2017 - 3:18pm EST
Ben Taub Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston has been put on lockdown after callers reported that shots were being fired, local police say. Patients have been evacuated but evidence of a shooting was not immediately found. (more)
The incident began at about 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday when the Houston Police Department began receiving "multiple" calls of an active shooter on the second floor of the hospital. Dozens of police officers - some of them heavily-armed - responded to the scene.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said officers searched the hospital but were unable to find any evidence to confirm that a shooting had taken place. No victims were located and a reported suspect, described only as a white bald male, has not been found.
It was not immediately known what caused the reports of an active shooter, which caused the hospital to issue a "Code White" alert. Dozens of people - including doctors and patients - were evacuated from the facility while others took shelter in secure rooms.
A woman was taken away in handcuffs at about 2:45 p.m., though it was not immediately clear why she was taken into custody.
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