Suspicious package causes partial evacuation of federal courthouse 

A police bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package discovered at the federal courthouse at Mission and Seventh streets late this morning.

The package was reported at about 11:30 a.m. in a basement area where packages come in and are X-rayed, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

One package was deemed suspicious, and the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at the courthouse, asked the Police Department’s bomb squad to respond, Esparza said.

The basement and first floor of the building have been evacuated, and people on the other floors are being told to shelter in place, he said.

Stevenson Street, an alley that runs behind the building, is closed between Sixth and Seventh streets.

“We’re asking people to stay away from the area,” Esparza said.

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