SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Due to police activity at Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara’s VTA bus lines were temporarily rerouted away from the South Bay hospital this morning, according to police.
Police responded to the hospital at 751 South Bascom Avenue after a 911 caller reported seeing a possible gunman around 6:30 a.m.
The caller said the suspect was part of a suspicious group of people at the Valley Medical Center, sheriff’s spokesman Rich Glennon said.
Officers arrived and surrounded the building. They put the place on complete lockdown as they searched the inside. They were ultimately unable to locate the group the caller described,
according to Glennon. “We took all the proper precautions to make sure the hospital was safe and checked the entire hospital,” Glennon said.
Authorities were able to get in contact with the caller, and found out that person is actually a patient at the hospital who suffers from a mental illness. They also spoke the caller’s family and hospital staff and determined the caller’s claims did not have merit, according to Glennon.
Around 7:40 a.m., authorities deemed the area safe and the hospital was taken off lockdown. The VTA lines that had been re-routed away from the hospital also resumed normal operations.
SCC Deputies investigated a suspicious circumstance 911 call at VMC. The scene is safe and the hospital will resume normal operations
— SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) November 27, 2016