Lockdown Lifted at Army Hospital in Texas

William Beaumont Army Medical Center (Photo: Army)
William Beaumont Army Medical Center (Photo: Army)

Updated 6:05 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas — The lockdown has been lifted at an Army hospital near Fort Bliss, hours after a witness reported seeing a man toting two rifles.

William Beaumont Army Medical Center spokeswoman Amabilia Payen says the facility in El Paso was given the all-clear Friday afternoon. She says the gate to the hospital would reopen soon.

The hospital went on lockdown around noon, when a caller reported seeing a man carrying two rifles and ammunition cans near the first-floor courtyard. Payen says there were no reports of gunfire and law enforcement officers went through the building.

She says authorities are investigating whether the witness may have seen someone who was part of the Color Guard or another ceremonial detail.

El Paso police didn't immediately return a message seeking details about the investigation.

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EL PASO, Texas  — An official says an Army hospital near Fort Bliss in Texas has been put on lockdown after a witness reported seeing a man toting two rifles.

William Beaumont Army Medical Center spokeswoman Amabilia Payen says the hospital in El Paso has been on lockdown since noon Friday, when a caller reported seeing a man carrying two rifles and ammunition cans near the first floor courtyard.

She says there have been no reports of gunfire. She says only law enforcement officers are being allowed to enter the building, to evacuate non-essential personnel. She says officers are going through the building.

El Paso police didn't immediately return a message seeking details about the investigation.

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