PITTSBURGH — UPMC Shadyside was placed on lockdown Friday morning, a UPMC spokesperson has confirmed with Action News 4 in Pittsburgh that a lockdown had been in place and has since been lifted.
“A lockdown at UPMC Shadyside has been lifted following this morning’s report of a person with a weapon near the campus. UPMC security and law enforcement collaborated to ensure that there was no threat to patients, employees or visitors,” a UPMC spokesperson said.
UPMC released the following statement on Twitter earlier Friday morning:
“Due to Pittsburgh Police activity in the area, several UPMC Shadyside campus buildings, including UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, are on temporary lockdown in an abundance of caution. We are awaiting a final clearance from local law enforcement, which is expected shortly.”
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, police were investigating reports of shots fired in the area this morning. They say:
“Police were dispatched to the 5000 block of Cypress Street around 9:50 a.m. after 911 callers reported shots fired. Neighbors said they heard about 12 to 15 gunshots and saw at least one person sprinting down the road, possibly carrying a gun.
One neighbor said he saw two people arguing before the shots were fired. Police spokesman Chris Togneri said 911 callers reported one male chasing another male.
Officers searched the area but did not find any wounded victims or any suspects. No one has been arrested.
The UPMC Shadyside campus, including the Hillman Cancer Center, was on temporary lockdown as a precaution, the health system said.”