Augusta, GA – WJBF News Channel 6 has learned through a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, that there is NO active shooter threat at Georgia Regents University, or any of its medical facilities.
Other media outlets in Augusta reported the active shooter, but officials tell us those reports were false.
According to reports from GRU to the Sheriff’s Office, bystanders called authorities after seeing a man with a weapon on one of the streets near the Georgia Hospital of Georgia (CHOG).
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the man with the gun was within his legal right to carry a weapon according to Georgia’s open carry law.
A statement has been released by GRU. Read the text of the statement below:
Georgia Regents Medical Center was placed on lockdown this Friday afternoon, following an employee sighting of an individual believed to have a firearm.
Hospital security immediately located the individual, who was identified as an off-duty security officer for an outside agency. It was determined that there was no security threat and an all clear was issued.
We take the safety of our patients and staff very seriously, and will use every precaution to ensure the medical center and our campuses remain safe environments.