Shooting at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas
A shooting took place at a hospital in Austin, Texas on Friday
Law enforcement authorities have placed the hospital under lockdown
EMS has called upon the public to avoid the area
Police say the scene remains active and no patients have been located, transferred or treated. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) called upon the public to avoid the area.
Local media reports say it is unclear whether the shooting took place inside the hospital or if anyone was injured.
At around 3:50 pm local time, Austin Police Department tweeted: "Officers have secured the scene and it is safe. This was not an active shooter incident. No injuries reported, roadways are expected to open soon. Resources were deployed as a precautionary measure. More details to follow."
Ten minutes later, the police said, "UPDATE: At this time there is no indication shots were fired. The scene is safe and there is no criminal investigation. At this time there will not be a media brief regarding this incident."
Gun violence in hospitals has emerged as a major concern for law enforcement in Texas off late. Shooting incidents in hospitals are also coming in from across the United States.
Only two days ago, an active shooter situation unfolded at a hospital in Arkansas. One person died in the violence at Sherwood. In the month of June, a hospital in downtown Austin had to be placed under lockdown after drive-by shooting suspects entered a hospital.
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In July, a gunshot was fired at a skybridge connecting the same hospital to a parking garage, local media websites say.
There is a bill before Congress to deal with gun violence in hospitals called the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act.
This is a developing story. More details will be added.