Multiple people have been wounded, including a police officer, after an ‘active shooter’ attack at a Chicago hospital.
The Chicago police officer was critically injured after gunfire broke out at Mercy Hospital, located in the city’s South Side, around 3.20pm on Monday.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officer is ‘in critical condition but receiving excellent care’.
There are multiple victims in an active shooter situation at Mercy Hospital (pictured) in Chicago’s South Side, authorities have revealed
The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are ‘reports of multiple victims’ after shots were fired Monday afternoon.
An official said that fewer than six people were believed to have been shot and at least ‘one possible offender’ was also shot.
Officers are continuing to do a ‘methodical search’ of the hospital, according to Guglielmi.
Emergency crews were called to the hospital around 3.20pm and 15 ambulances arrived at the scene.
Dozens of police cars and ambulances could be seen heading to the hospital around 3.20pm on Monday afternoon
A hospital employee said a notice came over Mercy’s public address system telling everyone in the hospital to lock their doors, according to the
‘I don’t know what happened,’ she said.
The hospital was later evacuated and people were put on Chicago Transit Authority buses while officers searched Mercy.
The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are ‘reports of multiple victims’ after shots were fired
‘They told us to run, so we did,’ another employee added.
Police have asked people to avoid the area and fire crews remain at the scene.
Footage from the hospital showed several people, including those in white doctor coats, walking through a parking lot with their arms up.