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Shooting incidents prompt St. Patrick Hospital lockdown

St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula was locked down overnight after a pair of shootings. (MTN News photo)

MISSOULA –  St. Patrick Hospital was locked down overnight after reports of a shooting suspect at large in Missoula and Lake counties.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued a message concerning a public safety risk for Arlee and surrounding areas during a search for a suspect at large after shooting incidents in Missoula and Evaro late Thursday night, according to a news release.

The hospital activated a lockdown policy at 11:41 p.m. and cleared the lockdown at 1:43 a.m. on Friday.

“After receiving the public safety message, the hospital went into lockdown out of an abundance of caution for our patients and caregivers,” said James McKay, M.D., Chief Physician Executive – Acute Care.

“Staff monitored the incident, and by communicating with the Missoula County officials, determined there was no known immediate threat, and lifted the lockdown at 1:43 a.m. No patients were affected, and patient care was not impacted as a result of the lockdown.”

Mark Thorsell

Mark Thorsell

Mark Thorsell is a digital content producer and editor at KPAX and KAJ. He is originally from Connecticut and moved to Montana over a dozen years ago. Mark has worked as a journalist for 25 years.
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