Suspect held, no injuries after LA-area hospital lockdown

Posted at 12:33 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 16:25:04-04

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — A suspect was detained Tuesday after reports of a possible active shooter at a hospital near Los Angeles. But authorities said there were no injuries, and it wasn't immediately clear if there was a shooting.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and Downey police officers were methodically searching a medical office building at the sprawling Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center.

One person was in custody, and there were no injuries, law enforcement officials said.

TV news helicopters showed people calmly walking out of the facility and numerous police vehicles around it.

Employee Edwin Olvera told The Associated Press his office was locked down, and he had "honestly never been more afraid."

"I heard no shots. I heard that there was someone with a weapon at our office," Olvera said.

Kaiser did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Olvera said he also heard that someone might have been robbed outside his office.

Downey is a city of about 110,000 people just southeast of downtown Los Angeles.