Winston Salem NC April 27 2012 An employee of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who told hospital security guards on April 12 that an armed man was in the hospital, was charged Wednesday with making a false report to police.
Lisa Hall Shore, 38, of 3540 Ralph Road in Boonville, also was charged with misdemeanor larceny, Winston-Salem police said in a news release.
Shore was fired Wednesday after she was charged, medical center officials said in a statement. Shore had worked in the hospital’s Eye Center as a receptionist, said Marguerite Beck, a hospital spokeswoman.
After Shore told the medical center’s security officers that she saw a Hispanic man with a gun on the sixth floor of Janeway Tower in the hospital, parts of Wake Forest Baptist were locked down for about two hours as police searched for an armed man.
No shots were fired, and no armed man was found, authorities said. No one in the medical center was ever in danger, police said.
Shore is also accused of stealing $320 worth of gift cards that were taken from a supervisor’s office April 10 or 11, police said.
Hospital officials, who conducted their own investigation of Shore’s activities, cooperated with police. Shore had no access to patients’ or other employees’ records, Beck said.
“Wake Forest Baptist commends the swift and decisive response of its security personnel and the Winston-Salem police in their continuing efforts to ensure the safety and protection of our patients and employees,” the medical center said in a statement.
Shore was released from custody on her written promise to appear in court on May 18, police said. She could not be reached for comment.