By Shane Nicholson
A suspect is in custody following an afternoon standoff with police at the Crusader Clinic.
Rockford Police responded to a call at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway at around 2 p.m. this afternoon.
Emergency personnel treating an unrelated individual near the scene said they heard people fleeing the building shouting, “Man with a gun!”
Early reports indicated that some employees were still in the building with the suspect after police had isolated him to an area on the second floor.
Crusader staff was able to report that all employees and patients were safely out of the building by 5 p.m.
Witnesses say that the shooter was not an employee of the clinic. They told The Times that the suspect began pacing a hallway and waiting area saying it was taking too long for him to been seen.
One witness said that the suspect began talking to himself before brandishing his firearm and telling staff and patients to “get out” before firing two-to-five shots. No one was injured in the shooting.
Employees unable to immediately exit the building were told to take cover behind locked doors before being given the OK to evacuate.
RPD kept roadways near the clinic closed off to traffic and pedestrians as the standoff continued. The suspect, an unnamed 30-year-old white male, requested to speak with a member of his family.
Police say that the gunman was not allowed contact with any family members and instead talked with police negotiators throughout the standoff.
The suspect was taken into custody peacefully at around 6:30 p.m.