An armed gunman caused a standoff at a Texas hospital after coming into the ER while allegedly holding a gun to his child’s torso.
WFAA identified the father as Lorenzo Zarate, 33, and said the child was an infant, according to police. It was unclear why the man allegedly walked into the hospital or was armed, but it led to a brief standoff that ended after a negotiator arrived, said the television station.
By 7:50 p.m., the gunman was in custody without anyone hurt. The Waxahachie Police Department wrote on Facebook: “Situation has been resolved without injury. You will continue to see the presence of law enforcement in the area as the investigation continues. Baylor Waxahachie will resume operation.”
NBC 5 said the suspect was a man who had “barricaded” himself in the ER.
However, police remained at the hospital on the night of the shooting.
Allison Harris, of Fox 4 News, reported, “…nurse inside on lockdown says man held gun to child’s head, then let child go.” Police now say the gun was directed at the child’s torso, said WFAA.
NBCDFW spoke to an eyewitness:
The Waxahachie Daily Light said on Facebook shortly after 7:30 p.m.: “Confirmation of an individual considered to be armed with weapon in the emergency room of Baylor Scott and White in Waxahachie. This is an active situation and emergency personnel are still working to secure the area/scene. According to Waxahachie PD, no one is injured at this time, but the situation is still developing.”
The reports were early and information was unfolding by the minute. Baylor Scott & White Hospital is located in Waxahachie, Texas. Waxahachie, Texas is a city of about 33,000 people near Dallas.
At 7:10 p.m., the Waxahachie Police Department posted the following safety alert: “Please avoid Baylor Waxahachie and the surrounding area. Waxahachie PD and Baylor PD are handling a critical incident at this time. We will provide an update as soon as possible.”
On the Police Department’s page, one man said the gunman was in the ER. He wrote, “There is a hostage situation one gunman at ER waiting room at Baylor. They have evacuated the Emergency department.”
A Fox4 television reporter also said a nurse told her the ER was being evacuated.
A WFAA-TV reporter tweeted, “Waxahachie, Texas police in stand off at Baylor hospital off Hwy. 287 Bypass. Suspect inside is armed, reportedly has a hostage.”
One woman tweeted that the hostage situation involved a mother and daughter, but authorities later said a man was the gunman.
Other reports also said there was an active shooter at the hospital.
Television reports said the gunman might have taken a hostage.
However, the situation resolved without injury.