Person questioned after false report of active shooter in Texas hospital

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by Jeff Anastasio & Jeremy Baker / KENS 5

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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Police converged on Methodist Stone Oak Hospital on the city's north side after a report of a gunman on Tuesday evening.

The hospital, which was surrounded by dozens of emergency vehicles, was placed on lockdown around 7 p.m.  Early reports indicated a physical therapist had a rifle and had possibly fired shots inside the maternity ward.

After a floor-to-floor search, no active shooter was found and the danger passed, according to Sgt. Javier Salazar, SAPD Spokesperson.

Police continued to search the hospital room by room but no weapons were discovered and there were no reports of any shots fired. 

According to SAPD, a patient in the hospital overheard a conversation in the bed next to him and called family outside the hospital about a possible threat.  That patient's family then called police, according to SAPD.

Investigators were interviewing a person of interest away from the hospital to determine any involvement in the incident.

"We got a call from another service area that they had a person of interest," said Salazar.  "Officers are speaking to that person right now.  The danger has passed and everything has opened back up and is resuming to normal activities."


Portions of E. Sonterra Blvd. were shut down in the area around the hospital while the investigation unfolded.

Footage from Chopper 5 in HD initially showed police units surrounding the facility beginning around 7 p.m.  The lockdown lasted around one hour and operations resumed around 8:30 p.m.

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