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False alarm: Supposed gunman at L.A. hospital was security guard

December 19, 2012 | 12:22 pm

A supposed gunman spotted at Cedar's Sinai Medical Center -- which led to the evacuation of dozens and a police search Wednesday -- turned out to be a security guard, LAPD officials said.

Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy said a custodian noticed a person with a gun or holster under his clothes in a bathroom Wednesday morning and immediately notified hospital security.

As a precaution, the public was cleared from part of the hospital as police arrived and searched for any potential threat.

An investigation determined the so-called gunman was an armed guard, said LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph.

McCarthy said it is always better to report suspicions than not, but in this case, there was no gunman.


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