Houston hospital locks down following shots outside of ED

East Houston Regional Medical Center was on lockdown following reported gunfire outside the facility's emergency department, though the lockdown has now been lifted, KHOU reports.

Officials responded to the area after 2 p.m. Monday. Witnesses reported at least 10 shots fired by a drive-by shooter.

According to official accounts, a 17-year-old suffering gun shot wounds from a different location exited a Ford Explorer and ran into the hospital. A man driving the Ford Explorer was seen with a gun, but officials do not think he fired any shots.

Another individual in a red SUV was seen holding a gun out of the car window as he drove by. Officials said they think he was aiming shots at the Ford Explorer that brought the 17-year-old to the hospital.

Witnesses reported bullets hitting several cars, including one with a man and a woman in it. The couple had just pulled up to the medical center to pick up a friend before the shooting occurred, according to the report. The couple and many others left the parking lot uninjured after the shooting.

Police are looking for the driver of the red SUV who fired the shots and possibly a third SUV that could be involved. The story is still developing. 

This story was updated at 7:41 a.m. CST to reflect new developments. 

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