Reports of gunman lock down Holy Family Hospital

Reports of gunman lock down Holy Family Hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. - Holy Family Hospital in north Spokane was under temporary lock down on Friday night after someone reported a man entering the building with a gun.

The call came into the Spokane Police Department around 7:40 P.M. Friday. A loss prevention worker at the Rite Aid located on Division Street just south of the hospital reported that he saw a man with a gun walking towards the hospital.

When police arrived, they locked down certain areas of the building, and searched each floor. Police didn't find anyone, and re-opened the hospital about 45 minutes later.

"We feel pretty confident based on the number of officers we had searching the building, the thoroughness with which we searched it, as well as help from the Holy Family Security pointing us in the right areas, that he's not inside the building at this point," says Lieutenant Craig Meidl with the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20's. He's about 5'8'' with short hair and was seen wearing a purple t-shirt that may say "DC" on it, silver shorts and black and white shoes.

Spokane Police say the incident began as a shoplifting incident at Rite Aid. The investigation is on going.

If you have any information on the suspect, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.