Patients and staff were evacuated Friday from a western Missouri hospital following a report of a gunman, but authorities said no shots were fired and no one was hurt.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the report at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg around 9 a.m. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. said Andrew Bell. Ambulances were ready. But a few hours later, Bell gave the green light.
“He was never an active shooter,” he said. “We have no reason to believe there is an active threat.”
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said officers arrested and later jailed a man possibly linked to events at the hospital, though it did not explain how he was involved and said that he was not even close to the establishment.
State Patrol first tweeted that they were investigating the report of a gunman at the medical center at 9:03 a.m. The facility tweeted at 9:18 a.m. that the active shooter report came from the medical center’s main building. The medical center has about 50 beds.
“Police on scene, and staff and patients being evacuated now,” the hospital tweeted. “It’s not a drill.”
The nation is on edge over gun violence. Just four days earlier, a gunman opened fire during a July 4 parade in a Chicago suburb, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 30. It was the latest mass shooting in a very publicized, following attacks at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in June.
The vulnerability of healthcare facilities was highlighted on June 1 when a gunman killed four people and himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The assailant entered Saint Francis Hospital without issue, just hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle, authorities said.
The Warrensburg Hospital spokesperson did not return a phone message seeking comment on Friday.
The town of Warrensburg has a population of approximately 20,000 and is located 100 kilometers southeast of Kansas City, Missouri.