1 in Custody After Reports of Armed Man at South Bay Kaiser Hospital; No Evidence of Gun, Shooting
A person identified as a “suspect” was taken into custody after reports of a man with a gun prompted a lockdown at Kaiser Permanente South Bay medical center on Thursday, but there was no evidence of a shooting, police said.
LAPD responded to the hospital, located in the 25800 block of South Vermont Avenue in Harbor City, after receiving calls regarding a possibly armed individual, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.
A person reported seeing a man sitting on the tailgate of a truck carrying what appeared to be a rifle or a shotgun, said Officer Greg Kraft.
LAPD personnel couldn’t find the individual when they arrived and began conducting sweeps.
The hospital was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, and people on campus were asked to shelter in place as authorities investigated.
Police eventually found someone matching the description and took him into custody, according to Kraft.
There was no evidence of a shooting, he said, adding no weapons or ammunition were found either.
It was unclear why the person was taken into custody.
The shelter in place order was lifted and the hospital was resuming normal operations, Kaiser Permanente South Bay tweeted.
The hospital later released this statement to KTLA via email:
“There were reports of a man with a gun at the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center earlier today. The suspect has been apprehended, and Kaiser Permanente worked closely with LAPD. No gun shots were fired, and no one was harmed. The safety of our members and staff is always our number one priority. As a precautionary effort, parts of the facility were temporarily evacuated, but normal operations have resumed.”
KTLA’s Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.