Baptist lockdown lifted after report of gunman inside

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center officials said the Janeway Tower was locked down for couple of hours Thursday after a report of a gunman inside the building.

Hospital officials said in a statement that the sighting was reported at the Eye Center on the sixth floor between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Winston-Salem Police said an employee reported the sighting.

The all-clear was given around 7:40 p.m. No one was injured, and hospital officials said patients and staff were safe during the lockdown.

According to a statement from the hospital, both Winston-Salem Police and the hospital’s own security team believe the suspect fled the scene. As a precaution, they conducted a security sweep on each floor of the building, as well as two parking decks.

The suspect was described as a man 35-45 years old, 5’8″ tall with a stocky, muscular build. The suspect, believed to be Hispanic, was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, Winston-Salem Police said.

Anyone with information on the reported incident is asked to call Winston-Salem Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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