Man with gun reported at medical center in LA

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LOS ANGELES — A medical center in Sylmar was partially evacuated following a report of a man with a gun Thursday.

A nurse at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, located at 14445 Olive View Drive, reported seeing a man with a firearm about 9:20 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. A.J. Rotella said.

Authorities responded to the medical center to search for the man, but the Sheriff’s Department stated in a tweet that it was not an active shooter situation. A SWAT team arrived at the hospital in an armored vehicle.

At least two people were detained and then released by authorities outside the medical center, video showed.

No description of the man being sought was available.

Dozens of people left the medical center as several patrol cars surrounded one of the entrances. Those walking out were people who recently entered the hospital and were asked to go back to their cars,  hospital spokeswoman Lois Ramirez said.

The medical center is on lockdown and in “internal disaster mode, which means we’re diverting all calls and all ambulance drivers to the facility,” Ramirez said.

Aerial video showed one patient being wheeled out of the building on a gurney and pushed down the street to another location.

Areas with patients who cannot be moved were being asked to shelter in place, while those who can safely evacuate the medical center should do so, Rotella said.

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