Lockdown lifted at Rose Medical Center; campus reopens after possible active shooter scare

DENVER -- The lockdown at Rose Medical Center was lifted Friday night. Police continued to search for a suspect who possibly fired shots at the facility Friday afternoon.

The medical campus reopened about 8 p.m. Friday.

Police said there were no reports of anyone who was shot or injured, and they did not find the suspect.

This all started about 4 p.m. with a report of shots heard, according to police. There was a heavy police presence at Rose Medical Center campus. Some streets were closed around the hospital. This was in the area of 4500 East 9th Avenue just east of Colorado Boulevard.

Police established a large perimeter around the medical campus and parking garages. The focus was on the Rose Founders Building which has a surgical center along with doctors and other offices. The search area expanded as the situation developed.

The campus-wide lockdown began as soon as the first reports came about 4 p.m.

Police asked our crew in SkyFOX to look for a suspect who is a white male in his 30s in a hat, flannel shirt and weighing about 130 pounds. It was unknown if he was armed.

Patients and staff sheltered in place. That meant stay in the room, stay away from windows and just stay in place.

George Moloney said his wife wasn't feeling well and Friday and she went to Rose for treatment. "It's scary. It's scary in terms of the whole situation because I'm not able to be around her," he said. "It's just kind of a scary situation."

The Veterans Administration Hospital also went on lockdown. The lockdown there was lifted as well. It's located next to Rose Medical Center.

There was no indication that anyone was shot or injured. Denver police did not confirm that any shots were fired.

Police continued to comb every little area around Rose Medical Center Friday evening.

Hospital spokeswoman Julie Hogan said all patients and staff were safe. "This is a reality we live in. We've all been trained on this."

Police lifted the shelter in place order for people outside of the hospital by 6:30 p.m. Friday.

A police spokesman said people who were sheltered in place for hours inside the hospital were being safely escorted to places where they could leave the area.

This remained an active investigation Friday night.