Shots Fired Inside Kaiser Permanente Medical Center In Downey, Arrest Made
Just before noon, the official Twitter account for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Norwalk Station reported "a fluid, emergent situation" and advised people to avoid the area as they assisted the Downey Police Department.
The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Jesus Chavez of Lynwood, had "fired rounds inside the building," according to the sheriff's department.
Security guards had confronted Chavez after he reportedly threw a chair through a hospital window, and that's when he pulled out a gun, according to Downey Police Chief Carl Charles.
Chavez was arrested and a gun was recovered, Charles said.
It's still not clear if the man was a patient there or visiting someone at the facility.
Both affected buildings, A and B, have been cleared and deemed safe. Suspect did fire rounds inside the building. Sole suspect arrested. Gun recovered. The investigation will continue. Streets will open up soon. Thankful it worked out. #Teamwork.— LASD Norwalk Station (@NorwalkLASD) September 11, 2018
The facility had gone on lockdown until it was deemed safe, and all appointments were canceled for the rest of the day, according to Elita Fielder, spokeswoman for Kaiser's Southern California region.
"The safety of our patients, employees and physicians are paramount. We recognize the stress that can be brought on by a situation like this," Fielder said in a written statement shared with LAist.
Fielder said the company is offering mental health services and support to patients, employees and physicians who were onsite.
In a follow-up email, she said the hospital, emergency and urgent care departments, and most of the Orchard Medical Office Building had reopened and that staff were working to reschedule the canceled appointments.
An investigation remains underway.
The L.A. Times reports that Downey police conducted active shooter training at the facility in April, at the request of the hospital.
ABC7 spoke to a witness who told the station the suspect started pounding on a door and cursing, saying, "I had an appointment at 11 o'clock! I deserve my appointment..." She told the station the man then kicked walls and threw tables out of a window before security arrived. When security did arrive, she said, the guard told her, "He's got a gun, run."
- Updated Sep. 12 at 4:52 p.m. and 5:22 p.m. with comments from Kaiser spokeswoman.
- Updated Sep. 13 at 12:15 p.m. with the suspect's identity.
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