Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Possible Active Shooter: Police Respond to Scene at Louisiana Hospital

UPDATE: 12:22 p.m. EDT—Authorities detained a person on the sixth floor of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Louisiana on Thursday, Police Lieutenant Kevin Kirkum told KPLC. Kirkum said there were no reported injuries, but that at some point there were people inside the room with the suspect who had a gun.

The suspect came out of the room at some point and SWAT team members were able to detain him, Kirkum said. Authorities were in the process of letting people back in the building but asked that people avoid the sixth floor. Kirkum said police were working to ensure the safety of everyone who was in the room and that an investigation was underway.

Authorities had not yet released the name of the suspect.

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Authorities were responding to reports of a possible active shooter at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday.

Lake Charles Police Lieutenant Kevin Kirkum told KPLC-TV it was being treated as an active shooter situation, but no shots were fired.

Lake Charles Police did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. Video from the scene posted by KPLC-TV showed a heavy police presence outside the hospital.

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is located in southwest Louisiana. The main campus provides both emergency and specialty services. The hospital hosted a mass shooting drill in July to prepare for the possibility of such a situation.

Calcasieu Parish Schools announced Oak Park Elementary School, T. H. Watkins Elementary School and Oak Park Middle School were under precautionary exterior lockdowns due to what it called an "incident in the area involving law enforcement."

"Lockdowns will remain until we're notified that the situation has been resolved," the school board said on Twitter.

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