Houston police on Tuesday reported an active shooter at Ben Taub Hospital, a major healthcare center, and initial indications were that all of its patients and staff were safe.
"Officers in the process of searching the hospital; no reports of injuries at this time," Houston police said on their Twitter feed.
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All patients and employees were safe, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Live aerial coverage provided by KHOU, a Houston television station, showed officers outside the facility, with several drawing their weapons, and patients on gurneys being wheeled out.
The hospital was on lockdown, local media reported.
Police dispatched a SWAT team to the scene. Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin and the Houston Bureau; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jeffrey Benkoe)