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UPDATE: Hospital locked down as police search for gunman

By Nick Seebruch

Published on January 8, 2019

Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH)

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CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) as well as CCVS are under lockdown and other schools are under "hold and secure" procedures after a gunman was sighted in the area of Amelia and Seventh streets at around 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

"The Cornwall Police Service is actively investigating a report of a suspicious male seen in the area of Amelia St. and Seventh St. at approximately 8:50 am this morning. As such, the public will note an increased presence of police officers in the area searching for the male," read a CCPS statement.

"The man was sighted in the area of Amelia Street and Seventh Street at approximately 8:50 a.m.," A CCPS update reads. "No injuries have been reported at this time. Police are asking residents in the area of Second St. to Ninth St., and Nick Kaneb Dr. to Cumberland Ave. to remain in their residence. We thank the public for their cooperation at this time. Further updates to follow."

Cornwall CCVS released the following statement on their Facebook page around 10:05 a.m...."Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational Institute (CCVS) is currently in a Lockdown as requested by Cornwall Police...all students and staff are safe. Police are on site at CCVS. No one can enter or exit these schools while this matter is under investigation . We will update via social media as more information becomes available."

Police say no injuries have been reported and the investigation is its early stages. 

Patients at the Cornwall Communtiy Hospital (CCH) report that the hospital is also under lockdown.

"The Cornwall Community Hospital has also been placed on lockdown at this time. Ambulances are still being accepted and a triage nurse is available for all absolute emergencies," the CCPS said in a statement. "There is currently no in and out traffic from both Main hospital building and Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre being permitted."

More information will be provided as it becomes available.