Police investigate after Miami nursing home receives bomb threat
Several medical centers, including Jackson Memorial, targeted Monday
MIAMI – Police are investigating after a nursing home in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood received a bomb threat late Tuesday.
Miami police closed the area around the Victoria Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in the 900 block of Northwest Third Street to traffic.
Officer Kenia Fallat said the building was not evacuated, but officers were searching each floor looking for explosives.
Several news organizations, including Local 10, received e-mails Monday claiming that the sender intended to "shoot up" Jackson Memorial Hospital. The west wing of the hospital was put on lockdown and other portions of the complex were briefly evacuated. Authorities found no evidence of a threat and reopened the hospital after about two hours.
Seven other South Florida hospitals were also targeted with similar threats and Jackson Memorial Hospital was the subject of similar shooting scare Friday. In that case, authorities said the threat was made with a phone call that originated from somewhere inside the medical center.
"At this point, detectives don't want to link one bomb threat to the other," Fallat said.
In addition to the hospital scares, the Miami Police Department bomb squad has been called to several locations in recent weeks to investigate suspicious packages. While the police operations briefly shut down city streets, causing traffic delays, no explosives were found.
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