Hospital Taking Precautions After Shooting Threat


Canton-Potsdam Hospital remained in controlled-access mode Wednesday after a man threatened to go on a shooting rampage at the hospital.

Controlled-access means that side entrances are locked to the general public.

The emergency room and main entrances are open.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, a man called the hospital switchboard and threatened to come there, shoot people and commit suicide.

The hospital immediately went into lockdown mode, which means it locked entrances and screened people as they came in.

The hospital called the Potsdam Police Department.

According to Potsdam police, the same man made a similar threatening call to state police in Canton.

State police went to a home in the Potsdam area, where it was believed the man was living.

They discovered the man is in Georgia, police said.

Potsdam police said the entire case was turned over to state police and they are currently working with law enforcement officials in Georgia to locate the suspect.


Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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