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Lockdown at Louisiana hospital after shots fired outside

Hospital Safety Insider, April 16, 2015

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A suburban New Orleans hospital in briefly went into lockdown April 13 after a man with a rifle came out of nearby woods and fired several shots into the ground in front of witnesses before running back into the woods, according to a report from WWL-TV.

According to the report, the incident caused Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana, to go on lockdown for about an hour, though nobody was hurt in the incident. Police officials quoted in the report described the suspect as a heavyset white male with a weapon wrapped in a blanket, and it was unclear from later reports if the man, who was described as homeless, was captured.

The report quoted a hospital statement, which said officials decided to implement the hospitalwide lockdown to ensure the safety and security of patients, visitors, physicians, and employees. After about an hour, the lockdown was lifted and operations were back to normal.

 



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