Worker arrested for phony report of gunman at hospital

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Lisa Shore

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An employee at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was charged by police and fired from her position this week for falsely reporting a gunman inside the hospital and stealing hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards from a supervisor.

Lisa Hall Shore, 38, of Boonville, was arrested Wednesday after she was found to have made up a report about a man with a gun inside a waiting room at the hospital on April 12, according to a news release from Winston-Salem Police.

The incident prompted a lock down as officers surrounded the hospital and searched for the fake gunman, who was described as a middle-aged Hispanic male of average height with a muscular build, white T-shirt, and blue jeans.

“There was no weapon ever displayed or present on hospital property and no one present was ever in any danger,” police said.

In addition, investigators found Shore to be responsible for stealing $320 worth of gift cards from a supervisor’s office.

The gift cards were stolen between April 10 and April 11, police said.

Shore has been charged with making a false report to police and misdemeanor larceny. She was released on a written promise to appear in court on May 18.

Police said Shore was employed with Wake Forest Baptist as a patient services representative when the offenses occurred, but a hospital spokesperson said she was let go on Wednesday after the charges were filed against her.

The spokesperson said Shore worked in the hospital’s Eye Center.

The theft was unrelated to the phony report, the spokesperson said.