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Update 11:27 a.m. EDT: An all-clear has been given at the facility. A message from the Fayetteville VA hospital posted on its website indicated it was under "normal operating status" as of 11:13 a.m. EDT.
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was under lockdown and evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat was reported at the facility.
“Fayetteville VA Medical Center officials have announced an evacuation of the outlying buildings of the main Fayetteville campus following a bomb threat received shortly after 8 .am. today,” read a message about the Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s operating status on the hospital’s website. “The entire campus including specialty and community-based clinics are on diversion until approx. 12 p.m.”
Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the bomb threat at 8:45 a.m., the Associated Press reported. Anyone with appointments or VA hospital employees were told to expect delays until authorities can clear the facility.
The lockdown comes a day after calls grew for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign or be fired by President Barack Obama amid the Phoenix VA hospital scandal. The scandal involves 1,700 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment at the hospital but not put on an appointment list. The hospital reportedly put the veterans on a waiting list that was hidden because the facility didn’t want anyone to know how long it takes for a veteran to get an appointment.
The incident also follows the firing of the chief of the Army's Womack Medical Center at nearby Fort Bragg after two patient deaths.