CRIME

'No Evidence' Of Shooting At Houston's Ben Taub Hospital, Chief Says

The hospital was given an “all clear."

Officers in Houston responded to reports of shots fired at Ben Taub hospital on Tuesday, but Police Chief Art Acevedo said police have not found any evidence of a shooting.

The Houston Police Department announced it was sending SWAT forces to the hospital following the reports Tuesday afternoon.

The hospital activated a “code white,” which refers to a potential shooting situation, according to hospital spokesman Brian McLeod.

Speaking outside the facility, Acevedo told reporters that a preliminary search of the hospital revealed no victims, suspects or evidence a shooting had taken place.

“We are in the process of holding each floor while we engage in a secondary search,” Acevedo said in a Periscope video taken by HPD. “We’re looking at security cameras for any evidence of an active shooter.”

More than 200 police officers arrived on the scene, according to ABC 13. 

A live helicopter feed from KHOU 11 showed patients being wheeled out of the building in their beds.

Patients are seen being lined up outside the hospital after reports of a shooting.
Patients are seen being lined up outside the hospital after reports of a shooting.

Ben Taub has been the scene of at least two other shootings. In 2014, a 58-year-old man shot his female co-worker because she ignored his romantic advances. He then killed himself. And in 2016, an inmate took a medical student at the hospital hostage before a deputy shot the suspect twice.

“This is still an ongoing situation,” Acevedo said. “But there’s no evidence yet of an actual shooting.”

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