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Local hospitals placed on lockdown after threatening call

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Update: Whitney Marquez, communications manager for Lovelace Health Systems said in a statement issued at 4 p.m. that the lockdown at Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell has been lifted.

Original story:

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital were placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a report of a threatening call.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said the lockdown at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center at 405 West County Club Road was lifted at about 2:50 p.m. He said at 3 p.m.that he did not know whether Lovelace Regional Hospital at 117 East 19th St. was still on lockdown.

Both hospitals were placed on lockdown — people were not allowed to enter the hospital — after a phone call was made to Lovelace at about 2 p.m. during which an individual said there would be a shooting at the hospital.

As a precaution, both Lovelace and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center were placed on lockdown and Roswell police were dispatched to the scene.

“So RPD officers have been at both hospitals patrolling and checking things out and launching an investigation to determine where the call came from,” he said.

Whitney Marquez, communications manager for Lovelace Health Systems, said the hospital had been on lockdown, but as of 3:24 p.m. could not confirm whether or not the lockdown had been lifted.

More information as the story develops.