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Police say no active shooter incident at Austin, Texas, hospital after responding to a report of ‘shots fired’

By Rosa Flores, CNN

Authorities in Austin, Texas, said Friday that there was no active shooter at a local hospital after police responded to a call of “shots fired.”

“Officers have secured the scene and it is safe,” Austin police said on Twitter Friday afternoon. “This was not an active shooter incident. No injuries reported, roadways are expected to open soon.”

There was no indication that shots were fired, Austin police said, adding there is no criminal investigation.

Earlier, the police department had said it was responding to a “shots fired” call at Seton Hospital, adding the facility was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Police Sgt. Brian Preusse later explained someone reacting to a loud noise inside the hospital emergency room was what led to the shots fired call and prompted the lockdown and facility search.

“The hospital is back open again and secure,” Preusse said Friday evening.

No patients were located, treated or transported from the scene, the Austin-Travis County EMS said on Twitter. The agency said earlier in the day that among the resources that were deployed to the hospital were five ambulances and had urged residents to “avoid the area.”

It later said it was scaling down the units on scene, before announcing all EMS resources were demobilized.

“Today was a best-case scenario,” EMS Capt. Christa Stedman said about the incident. “This is the best possible outcome we could have had.”

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CNN’s Christina Maxouris and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.

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