Construction workers and Merriam police take cover after shots fired near hospital

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- A man and woman were taken into custody Thursday morning after there were reports of shots being fired near Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kan.

Chief Michael Daniels says police were called to a disturbance at the Georgetown Apartment complex around 5:30 a.m., but they didn't find anything.

Between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m., construction workers at Shawnee Mission Medical Center called and reported that someone was firing shots from the Georgetown Apartment Complex near the 9100 block of W 73rd, which is behind a treeline on the north side of the hospital. The apartment complex is also near Frontage Road and I-35.

When officers arrived, more shots were fired and officers took cover. They then put a perimeter around the apartment.

"This is Merriam. We don't have a lot of shootings, so it's a scary and serious situation," said the Merriam Police Chief.

The Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus is open and access is available to all service areas.

"We regularly run drills throughout the year for situations like this, so that we are always ready for an incident of this nature," said Michael Knecht, Shawnee Mission Med. Center COO.

In a news release, hospital officials commended police for their quick and effective response to the incident.

"We appreciate our patients’ understanding while we cooperated with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our campus," the release said.

Police are investigating reports that shots were fired Thursday morning from the Georgetown Apartment Complex towards Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Police are investigating reports that shots were fired Thursday morning from the Georgetown Apartment Complex towards Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Kathleen Murdock says she pulled into the parking lot at Shawnee Mission Medical Center early Thursday when an officer approached her, withdrew his gun and told her to get back into car and leave because she was not safe the officer told Murdock they were hearing reports of shots being fired.

Murdock adds a coworker says she heard shots fired, and she ran into Shawnee Mission Medical Center and locked herself in until security got in to secure the building.

FOX 4's Matt Stewart reports that officers were wearing their heavy equipment and were armed.  Around 7:30 a.m., officers loaded into an armored vehicle and headed in the direction of the apartment complex.

Police say the suspected shooter was barricaded on the top floor of the apartment complex. Around 8:15 a.m., police say a woman who appeared to be intoxicated came out of the apartment.

Officers were sill on scene as of 8:34 a.m., with guns drawn as they try to determine if anyone else is in the apartment and why the woman was allegedly firing shots.

Then just before 9:20 a.m., Chief Daniels says officer arrested a male in the apartment. Officers say they're not sure who fired the gun.

So far no injuries have been reported, according to a tweet from Overland Park Police. Officers are asking everyone to avoid the area while they continue their investigation.

Merriam police are handling the situation, but officers from Overland Park, Mission, Shawnee, Prairie Village and Johnson County Sheriffs are also on the scene.

People who have appointments at Shawnee Mission Medical Center are still able to get in and out of the hospital near 75th and Grandview. The hospital says they are not on lockdown, but access to and from the campus is restricted on the north and east sides.

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