The lockdown was put into place around 10:30 a.m.; it was lifted at around 5:30 p.m.
At a food truck, The Neighborhood Scoop, parked across the street, with a direct view of the hospital, Alfonoso Clarke was surprised to learn the entire hospital was on lock down, also disappointed to hear about the threat of violence in the community.
“People that come through and just, make a mess–we don’t have that,” explained Clarke. “Bad things are happening all around. I don’t know why it keeps happening n the east end, we’re building–making things better, but you always have that person that just wants to make corruption.”
As they were leaving the hospital Wednesday afternoon, NBC 12 spoke to someone who was inside of the hospital as the situation unfolded. They said as soon as the shooting threat came in, they noticed increased security at the entrance of the hospital as well as throughout the facility.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a “viable threat of a possible future shooting on the campus.” The hospital is located on North 28th Street, near Nine Mile Road, in Richmond.
“By placing the hospital on lockdown, the safety of the patients, medical staff and essential personnel has been secured,” a hospital spokesperson said. “All visitors, hospital volunteers and non-essential personnel have safely left the campus until further notice.