BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Just one day after a tragic shooting, police ended up evacuating the Erie County Medical Center again. This time, for a suspected bomb that might have been in the building.
According to officials, ECMC Hospital Police began the evacuation of patients and staff in the surrounding area as well as the first three floors of the facility.
People were evacuated to the sidewalk in front of the hospital for almost an hour.
This was followed by a bomb search conducted by Buffalo Police.
The whole ordeal began after a staff member identified an unattended package with a note etched in the wall above it in a first floor bathroom. However after further inspection, no bomb was found.
Hospital CEO Jody Lomeo issued a statement late Thursday afternoon about the incident:
“Shame on the person who made today’s cowardly threat that interrupted patient care and the healing process from yesterday’s incident. This is a despicable act, and we will do everything to find this person and prosecute him or her to the fullest extent of the law.
Once again, the disaster preparedness team did an excellent job. I must also acknowledge the strength and dedication of our care providers and their commitment to our community. The community has been very supportive of ECMC during this difficult time. This is another example of Western New Yorkers taking care of Western New Yorkers. The events of the last two days will not deter us from what we do best--take care of the patients of our community.”
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation