DENVER (AP) -- A Denver hospital complex was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon 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.
ALERT UPDATE: Investigation into report of shots heard at #RoseMedCntr is ongoing. Plz shelter in place as we clear center if at or near it.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 16, 2016
A man with a family member inside the hospital tells us his loved one says they're still on lock down.— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) September 16, 2016
Patients tell us they were told not to panic. Then told they can't leave right now.— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) September 16, 2016
Neighbor who lives next to Rose Medical tells us, "Told to stay indoors. Many police on scene."— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) September 16, 2016
"It's scary in terms of the whole situation. But I wish I was able to be around her," a man told FOX31 in regards to his wife inside Rose.— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) September 16, 2016
Police officers carrying long guns surrounded the facility east of downtown after the sighting, and several roads surrounding the building were closed and blocked by patrol cars.
Armed officers were seen on the roofs of buildings, and authorities said they were searching the complex.
An adjacent Veterans Administration hospital also was on lockdown as a protective measure.
Denver police Technician Tyrone Campbell said police received multiple telephone calls reporting shots had been fired in the area surrounding the medical center shortly after 4:15 p.m.
Campbell declined to say whether police had determined if shots had been fired, saying they were investigating. Authorities were searching for a man seen with a gun, he said.
The man was described as a white male in his mid-30s wearing a flannel shirt and a hat.