Lockdown lifted at Rose Medical Center after possible active shooter scare


First responders at Rose Medical Center

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DENVER -- A lockdown at Rose Medical Center was lifted Friday night as police continued to search for a suspect who possibly fired shots at the facility, the Denver Police Department said.

The medical campus reopened about 8 p.m.

Police said there were no reports of anyone who was shot or injured, and they did not find the suspect.

The incident started about 4 p.m. with a report of shots heard, according to police.

There was a heavy police presence at the campus at 4500 E. Ninth Ave. and some streets were closed nearby.

Police established a large perimeter around the medical campus and parking garages. The focus was on the Rose Founders Building, which has a surgical center along with doctors and other offices. The search area expanded as the situation developed.

The campus-wide lockdown began as soon as the first reports came about 4 p.m.

A suspect was described as a white male in his 30s weighing about 130 pounds. He wore a hat and a flannel shirt.

Patients and staff sheltered in place, meaning they stayed in a room, away from windows.

George Moloney said his wife wasn't feeling well and Friday and she went to Rose for treatment.

"It's scary. It's scary in terms of the whole situation because I'm not able to be around her," he said. "It's just kind of a scary situation."

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The Veterans Administration Hospital next door to Rose was also placed on lockdown.

There was no indication anyone was shot or injured. Police did not confirm that any shots were fired.

Police continued to comb every little area around Rose on Friday night.

Hospital spokeswoman Julie Hogan said all patients and staff were safe.

"This is a reality we live in. We've all been trained on this," she said.

Police lifted the shelter in place order for people outside of the hospital by 6:30 p.m. Friday.

A police spokesman said people who were sheltered in place for hours inside the hospital were being safely escorted to places where they could leave the area.

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