Police Find No Evidence Of Shooting After ‘Shots Fired’ Calls At Ben Taub Hospital

Houston Police found neither victims nor a suspect after a thorough search of the building.



Ben Taub Hospital is back to normal after authorities responded to reports of a possible shooting there Tuesday afternoon. After an extensive search, police ultimately found no evidence of a shooting or a shooter.

Police received calls of shots fired around 2 p.m., leading to the building being evacuated and a heavy law enforcement response.

It was a tense scene outside: bystanders, hospital employees and even patients in hospital gowns milled around, waiting for word from inside.

Police Chief Art Acevedo later said police searched all six floors of the building twice, but found no sign of a shooting — no damage, nobody injured. Acevedo also said all hospital patients and employees were safe.

Still, the chief said the response was warranted.

“We have multiple witnesses that heard a man yell ‘drop the gun, drop the gun,’” he said. “We have multiple folks that heard two large bangs.”

Swat officers stayed on the scene for a while after the hospital was deemed safe and people were allowed back inside. Police now plan to review videos from inside the building as they continue investigating.

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Travis Bubenik

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Travis Bubenik reports on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas. A Houston native and proud Longhorn, he returned to the Bayou City after serving as the Morning Edition Host & Reporter for Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. Bubenik was previously the...

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