Via Christi Hospital goes on lockdown following nearby shooting


Following a nearby shooting Monday evening, Via Christi Hospital was briefly on lockdown.

In a tweet sent sent out at 6:14 p.m. Monday, the Riley County Police Department said they were investigating a shooting in the 2200 block of College Ave., near Via Christi Hospital and University Crossing apartments. According to KSNT, one adult male was transported to Via Christi with minor, non-life threatening injuries.

In a subsequent tweet, the RCPD said no suspect had been apprehended.

Following the shooting, Via Christi went into lockdown. A spokesperson told KSNT that people were allowed to enter and exit the hospital only through the emergency room exit. The lockdown was lifted around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

During the same timeframe, some buildings on campus went on unofficial lockdowns.

“All lockdowns are ordered by KSUPD, and none were ordered last night,” said Alison Rogers, marketing specialist at Housing and Dining Services. “Strong Complex staff took it upon themselves to lock down out of an abundance of care in response to a rumored active shooter outside Van Zile Hall.”

When it became apparent that a shooting had happened off campus and no threat was present, all buildings returned to normal operating procedures, Rogers said.

Toni Bryant, operations manager at Derby Dining Center, also said no orders to lock down were made.

“We did not get any indication to shut down whatsoever,” Bryant said.

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