Police lock down a Denver hospital complex amid gun report

A Denver hospital complex was placed on lockdown Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, after a report that a man was seen carrying a rifle on the complex grounds. There was no confirmation that shots had been fired or anyone was injured at Rose Medical Center, police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said. Hospital officials say no one there was hurt. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

DENVER (AP) — Police locked down a Denver hospital complex Friday amid reports that gunshots were fired and a man was seen carrying a rifle on the grounds.

A room-by-room search of Rose Medical Center continued into the evening. No arrests or injuries were reported, and investigators did not confirm if any shots had been fired.

Police later lifted orders for people to shelter in place at buildings near the hospital complex but urged those inside Rose Medical Center to stay in place while officers continued to investigate.

Hospital spokeswoman Julie Hogan said Friday night that employees and patients were systematically being allowed to leave as police cleared the area zone-by-zone. Authorities declined to say how many people were still inside.

During the lockdown, police officers carrying long guns surrounded the facility east of downtown, and several roads were closed and blocked by patrol cars.

Armed officers climbed to the roofs of buildings, and an adjacent Veterans Administration hospital also was locked down as a precaution.

The scene outside was calm by Friday evening.

Denver police Officer Tyrone Campbell said authorities received multiple telephone calls reporting shots had been fired in the area surrounding the medical center shortly after 4:15 p.m.

Authorities were looking for a suspect described as a white male in his mid-30s wearing a flannel shirt and a hat.

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