Miami-Dade County

Email threatens Jackson Memorial and other hospitals with bomb scare, shootings

People and hospital personnel stand outside the main entrance of Jackson Memorial Hospital after a possible threat inside the hospital on Monday, July 2, 2018.
People and hospital personnel stand outside the main entrance of Jackson Memorial Hospital after a possible threat inside the hospital on Monday, July 2, 2018. snavarro@elnuevoherald.com

Part of Jackson Memorial Hospital was placed on lockdown for 2 1/2 hours Monday as Miami-Dade police investigated the second shooting threat at the hospital in a week.

As was the case Friday, the threat proved empty. Police continue to investigate who's making the threats.

While there is currently no evidence linking the two threats, Miami-Dade police spokesman and detective Lee Cowart said, "Many times in shootings or bomb threats, one of the things we have to deal with is the possibility of a copycat."

Nonetheless, the two threats are being handled as separate investigations.

The threat came in an email, which was sent to 7News before being forwarded to the police. The first email was sent at 9:46 a.m. Monday and read, "“I AM GOING TO SHOOT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THIS TIME IS REAL. WEST WING BUILDING WILL BE BLOODY…" according to WSVN.

The second email was received at 12:14 p.m Monday and included other hospitals besides Jackson Memorial in its threat, WSVN reported. It read:

“I STILL HAVE A BOMB AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, BUT I ALSO HAVE ONE AT JACKSON NORTH AND SOUTH. I ALSO HAVE ONE AT UM HOSPITAL AND VA HOSPITAL. THIS IS BIG TAKE ME SERIOUS. THE TIMER IS TICKING. I AM PLANTING ONE NOW AT BROWARD GENERAL HOSPITAL AND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND KENDALL HOSPITAL. ALL HOSPITALS WILL HAVE A BOMB AND MY TEAM AND I WILL TAKE OUT ANY AND EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT.”

Some Jackson employees received a text at 11:22 a.m. Monday stating, "A threat has been received for the West Wing at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Law enforcement officers and Jackson public safety are beginning lock downs of the targeting building and security part of the Jackson Memorial campus."

No patients were affected in the lockdown, and neither were the hospital's medical services.

Miami-Dade police say the threat to "shoot up" Jackson Memorial Hospital came from an anonymous tip line.

One person was detained and questioned after Friday's phoned threat from inside the hospital.

"We have a lot of assets addressing the threat from Friday and the threat from today," Cowart said.

As of Tuesday, there are no new updates. Officials haven't found anything to corroborate the threats, but are still investigating them.

Cowart was not at liberty to discuss the content of the threats or the inclusion of other hospitals in Monday's threat. "We won't discuss exact wording on correspondence because it could affect investigation," he said.

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