Reports of a shooter near Crawford Memorial Hospital put the building briefly on lockdown Monday evening. But the Robinson Police Department has said the report they received turned out to be false.
About 7:49 p.m. a 15-year old male Robinson resident reported a masked intruder entered his home on Mefford Street and shot him in the shoulder.
Sgt. Dan Strauch of Robinson police told the Daily News this morning that the juvenile originally told Crawford County Central Dispatch that he heard a noise while he was in the shower. He then said he entered a room and saw a masked intruder who shot him before fleeing the scene.
During his report to dispatch, he said that the intruder appeared to be heading toward the hospital, roughly a block north of Mefford.
CMH was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown was lifted minutes later when the juvenile was interviewed by Robinson officers.
Sgt. Strauch said the juvenile told the officers that there was not an intruder, and that he had in fact shot himself in the shoulder after running into a wall at his home while carrying the gun.
The juvenile was transported by United Life Care ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
During the time the event took place, dispatch received numerous calls from concerned citizens wanting details of the shooting and the state of the hospital.
While they appreciate everyone's concern, they said they would prefer that everyone refrain from calling during an emergency event, unless the caller is in need of assistance.
"That room is chaos when a large event is taking place," Robinson Police Chief Chad Weaver said. "Even then, they have other calls for service coming in that they must deal with."
The dispatch center is housed at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, where there are no more than two dispatchers and sometimes only one. They have a huge responsibility of dispatching for five police departments, six fire departments, an ambulance service and a rescue squad.
They understand that the public has the right to know everything about a situation, but they ask for more patience while they stay alert for other emergency events as they occur.
"They are our lifeline when we are at a dangerous scene, and their time is valuable, as are their phone lines," Weaver said.