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Lockdown lifted at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center

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BEMIDJI -- Sanford Bemidji Medical Center hospital and clinic were placed on a short lockdown early Tuesday afternoon.

The lockdown was lifted at approximately 1:35 p.m., according to a Sanford public information officer. Sanford initiated the lockdown to protect patient, visitor and staff safety, the official said.

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The facilities were not in divert status, and people with appointments at the clinic or in need of emergency medical care at the hospital were admitted.

Sanford officials did not release the reason for the lockdown, however, the Bemidji Police Department was able to confirm an adult female was transported from a nearby jurisdiction with a gunshot wound to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center as a precaution.

The shooting incident is under FBI jurisdiction, police said. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said FBI special agents responded to a shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on Tuesday morning and that one person was injured. No other details are being released as the investigation is active, Loven said. Officials would not confirm if the shooting and the lockdown were related.

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