BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A bomb threat at ECMC shortly after noon on Thursday had everyone on edge for an hour before authorities gave the "all clear."
Candice Gdaniec was at ECMC visiting her fiance just before noon.
"I just basically ran out of the building with everybody else. I really didn't want to come up here after what happened yesterday, but things needed to be done, so, and I was really scared just wanted to get out. I didn't know what was going on."
The first four floors of the hospital were evacuated after someone found a threatening message scrawled on a wall and a suspicious package in a first floor bathroom. The package did not contain any explosives and an hour later, the all clear was sounded.
Thomas Quatroche, ECMC Spokesman for the hospital confirms that employees and patients in affected areas were evacuated. He said that this is the first bomb threat that he can remember in the last ten years.
While outside with employees and patients, News 4 learned more about 33-year-old Jackie Wisniewski, the woman murdered in a stairwell in the Miller building on Wednesday. The single mother was a receptionist in the psychiatric ward on the fourth floor.
A co-worker tells News 4 that Wisniewski's routine was to show up for work at 8 and walk from the parking lot through the Miller building to get to the main building.
"Yesterday's incident was devastating to this campus and we are going through a healing process. Obviously this does not help that process. So we're obviously very concerned at this point, but I would like to emphasize that we are just taking the necessary precautions we need to," Quatroche said."
Buffalo Police are investigating the incident.
ECMC CEO Jody Lomeo released the following statement:
"Shame on the person who made today's cowardly threat that interrupted patient care and the healing process from yesterday's incident. This is a despicable act, and we will do everything to find this person and prosecute him or her to the fullest extent of the law. Once again, the disaster prepardness team did an excellent job. I must also acknowledge the strength and dedication of our care providers and their commitment to our community. The community has been very supportive of ECMC during this difficult time. This is another example of Western New Yorkers taking care of Western New Yorkers. The events of the last 2 days will not deter us from what we do best: taking care of the patients of our community."
During the threat at ECMC, School 84 and School 89 went into heightened emergency procedures. A short time later, School 84 also received a bomb threat. Students were evacuated and taken to a secure location with a police escort.
Authorities searched the building and determined it was safe and children were returned to the building.
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