50-75 people fighting leads to lockdown at Robbinsdale hospital emergency room

The fight and lockdown happened around noon Thursday.
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All is quiet now but that wasn't the case when a huge disturbance led to a lockdown at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale on Thursday. 

Hospital security placed the building in a lockdown around 11:30 a.m. when dozens of people began fighting. Robbinsdale Police were dispatched to the hospital emergency room and found a crowd of 50-75 people causing the massive disturbance. 

In all, officers from six law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to help restore order. 

According to the Star Tribune, the fight started after a gunshot victim arrived from Faribault. No injuries were reported in the melee. 

The Minnesota Nurses Association issued a statement in response to the violent scene, saying fights like the one seen in Robbinsdale are becoming "increasingly common." 

"Incidents such as what happened at North Memorial today are becoming increasingly common as workplace violence incidents continue to rise. Minnesota’s hospital workers deserve better. Hospitals need to do a better job of preventing these incidents from happening in the first place. It’s never OK to yell at, intimidate, or threaten a nurse or any hospital employee. We need statewide protections for hospital workers who take care of all Minnesotans and guarantees that hospitals are working to prevent these things from happening in the first place."

In August, a similar situation unfolded at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after shooting victims were transported from Maplewood. The hospital said it went into lockdown at the time out of an abundance of caution. 

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