HOUSTON, TEXAS — Multiple calls were made to 911 of an active shooter inside Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. When police arrived, they found no one with a gun and no victims, but they did find patients being evacuated and scared employees and visitors.
One caller gave a vague description of a man with a gun. There were reports that people heard gunshots on the 2nd floor of the hospital.
After police searched and cleared all 6 floors and the basement, the all-clear was given to return to the hospital. If there was an actual threat, it wasn’t there anymore.
ABC 7 Chicago provided a timeline of events from today’s scare:
TIMELINE OF EVENTS AT BEN TAUB HOSPITAL:
Around 2:00PM: Houston police received a report of a shooting in progress.
2:13PM: TWEET FROM HPD: We are responding to reports of shots fired at Ben Taub Hospital; SWAT and PIO enroute #hounews
2:41PM: TWEET FROM HPD: Officers in the process of searching the hospital; no reports of injuries at this time #hounews
2:48PM: TWEET FROM CHIEF ACEVEDO: At Ben Taub report of active shooter. No victims located. Active search continues. All patients and employees safe at this point.
We are awaiting word of any bullet holes or other evidence that would show shots actually being fired. The police presence was said to be felt quickly, and the evacuation was smooth.
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