(Reno, NV.) Another area hospital is dealing with threats of violence. Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley confirms Reno's VA Hospital has received threats following the December 17th shooting at Renown Regional Hospital's campus.
If you are a patient at Reno's VA Hospital located on Kirman Avenue, you would not notice much but law enforcement has its antennae up. While they rarely talk about "threats" to the media, they were talking today. Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick talked about the threats during a taping of the Nevada Newsmaker's program. He said, "We've had additional threats of shootings that are supposed to occur today and in the valley so a lot of activities are going on right now and precautions are being taken." Gammick declined to say if there was a specific target but Sheriff Mike Haley said, "Our office is currently working on a phone call we received that indicated the VA may be targeted." He said he has a team working to find the caller and is working with the hospital. He said, "We indicated to them what we knew and so they can be vigiliant to any approaches that they might receive."
Darrin Farr, spokesman for the hospital said they were aware of the threat and might know who is behind it. He said, "We have a veteran who is not happy with the care he has received. He actually phoned into the US Attorneys Office and was expressing his displeasure and made verbal threats. They took it seriously and notified the Sheriff's Office. Our police department is aware and has taken the appropriate precautions but it is nothing that would disrupt business as usual."
Sheriff Haley wanted to relay a message to those who work with the public or deal with the public. He said it is important to be aware of your surroundings and that this time of the year can be a trigger for negative emotions. He added "If you notice someone seems distressed or if anything seems out of line, you should immediately pick up the phone and call for help."