No suspect found after multiple reports of shooting in Houston hospital

HOUSTON (KXAN) — Police have not found any evidence of a shooting at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston despite multiple reports of shots fired inside the facility Tuesday afternoon.

At around 1:50 p.m., first responders were called to the hospital, located next to Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo. Police Chief Art Acevedo says that SWAT teams, in a floor-to-floor search, have found no shooting victims and no one was injured.

Shortly after the reported shooting, a code went out in the hospital alerting staff to an “active shooter,” Acevedo said, triggering an evacuation of patients as police combed through the building.

Reports are that the shooting incident happened on the 2nd floor in the emergency room area. Officers are interviewing potential witnesses to learn what happened. SWAT teams have secured each floor of the hospital and commenced another complete search of the hospital, the police chief said at a 3:15 p.m. press conference.

At around 4 p.m., Acevedo said the searches were completed, the situation is table and normal hospital operations are resuming.

The suspect was described to police as a bald white male of unknown age. Acevedo explained, when asked about the large police response, that American law enforcement has completely changed the way they respond to active shooting incidents in the wake of major mass shootings in recent years.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo speaking to SWAT outside Ben Taub hospital following reports of a shooting (KPRC Photo)
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo speaking to SWAT outside Ben Taub hospital following reports of a shooting (KPRC Photo)

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