RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital was placed on lockdown Wednesday for several hours after "a viable threat of a possible future shooting on the campus."
Bon Secours said around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday that "all visitors, hospital volunteers and non-essential personnel have safely left the campus until further notice."
The lockdown was put into place around 10:30 a.m.; it was lifted at around 5:30 p.m.
At a food truck, The Neighborhood Scoop, parked across the street, with a direct view of the hospital, Alfonoso Clarke was surprised to learn the entire hospital was on lock down, also disappointed to hear about the threat of violence in the community.
"People that come through and just, make a mess--we don't have that," explained Clarke. "Bad things are happening all around. I don't know why it keeps happening n the east end, we're building--making things better, but you always have that person that just wants to make corruption."
As they were leaving the hospital Wednesday afternoon, NBC 12 spoke to someone who was inside of the hospital as the situation unfolded. They said as soon as the shooting threat came in, they noticed increased security at the entrance of the hospital as well as throughout the facility.
Most of the day, the community was only able to use the emergency department entrance to get into the hospital, posted signs redirected those who tried to enter through locked doors.
"Bon Secours immediately contacted Richmond City Police upon receipt of the threat, and hospital security and administration began working closely with Richmond City Police to bring this matter to a safe conclusion," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The adjacent Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living, which is part of the hospital campus, was also locked down throughout the afternoon.
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