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2. Cleveland Clinic lockdown-turned hoax makes big news

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    Police blocked cars from entering Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after the hospital was locked down for what turned out to be a hoax.


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    This man is reunited with a family member after she is allowed to leave Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, which was locked down Tuesday.


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    Barb McCoy stands outside Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on Tuesday talking to family members. Her daughter, Christine Hallman, is a nurse practitioner at the hospital. She barricaded herself in a room at nuclear medicine.



It was nothing more than a “hoax,” according to the Medina Police Department.

Yet, when the call went out that there was an active shooter at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, help came from virtually every law-enforcement agency in Northeast Ohio.

More than 150 law-enforcement personnel responded after a call came into Medina dispatch about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 that there was a woman with a rifle on the second floor of the Medina Medical Center, 970 E. Washington St., adjacent to the hospital. Police formed a perimeter around the hospital complex, which enacted its lockdown procedures.

Police were stationed on top of the medical building with rifles. The hospital and the medical center were checked room-by-room.

Meanwhile, medical personnel and patients were barricaded in safe rooms throughout the hospital. Family and friends of medical personnel were frantic when they couldn’t get through to their loved ones.

After more than a few tense moments, police Chief Ed Kinney announced that it was a “fake call.”

Police arrived and found no shooter, no hostage and no witnesses to the event.

Kinney said the FBI is attempting to find out who made the call.

He said detectives are still waiting for subpoenaed information in an attempt to find the caller.

“I’d characterize it as a hoax,” he said. “(But) it caused quite a stir.”

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