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One person died Wednesday morning after a report from an active gunman at an Arkansas hospital, authorities said.

Sherwood Police Department responded to a report of shots fired and a possible active gunman in CHI St. Vincent North around 10 a.m., Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Hagar said at an afternoon news conference Wednesday.

When officers arrived, the hospital was locked. Police found one dead, Hagar said.

CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Sherwood, Ark.Google Maps

“Officers have found one victim in hospital who died of at least one gunshot wound,” he said. “We have also detained an interested party.”

Hagar refused to reveal the identity of the dead or person of interest. He said the investigation is in the “preliminary phase”.

Little Rock Police said in a… tweet they aided the investigation by apprehending a “potential suspect” at an Exxon gas station.

Hospital spokesman Joshua Cook said the hospital has resumed normal operations. The lockdown was lifted on Wednesday afternoon, he said.

“The hospital is seeing patients again,” Cook said.

Sherwood Police said in a statement earlier Wednesday: pronunciation: “We can confirm an active gunner with SVI. No other information is being released at this time.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating, officials said in a statement tweet.

“Special agents from @ATFNewOrleans are responding to reports of a shooting incident at St. Vincent Hospital in Sherwood, AR. Follow our local LE partners for updates.”

NBC affiliate KARK of Little Rock reported video of the scene showed multiple agencies responding, including the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Police Department, North Little Rock Police Department and the Arkansas State Police and officers from the ATF.

Sherwood is about 10 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Other information was not immediately available on Wednesday.

This is a story in development. Come back for updates.

Nicole Duarte contributed.


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