Chicago police are responding to a shooting at Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side. They are asking people to stay clear of the area.
Police said shots were fired both inside and outside the hospital between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Multiple injuries have been reported, but police have not said how many people were injured or how severely.
Chicago police said an officer was shot and wounded. The officer was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition, police said.
Police said one suspect has been shot. A partial evacuation is underway.
The exact circumstances of the shooting were not clear. The hospital is located in Bronzeville near the intersection of 25th and Michigan Avenue.
“It was chaos, mass chaos,” said James Gray, witness.
Gray said he saw a man and a woman who looked like they were walking towards the parking lot.
“The gentleman turned around and shot her three times in the chest,” Gray said. “Once she fell to the ground, he turned around and shot her three more times.”
Gray described the shooting as surreal, “like a movie scene.” He said the shooter and the woman had been speaking before the shooting, but he didn’t know if they knew each other.
“They were walking and talking and he just turned around and started shooting. It wasn’t a heated exchange. It was just like we’re talking now,” he said.
Nigary Thomspon, who works at the hospital’s family clinic, said she heard eight or nine shots. The clinic’s employees and patients locked the doors and hid in the back of the clinic.
“I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people’s workplaces, but not where I work at. This was very too close to me. That could have been us back there and if any bullets had pierced the wall we all would have been hurt,” Thompson said.
A witness who was across the street at the time of the shooting said he heard six or seven gunshots that he initially thought were sounds from nearby construction. He said he saw a large police presence arrive at the hospital shortly after, and people running out of the hospital.
National Teachers Academy was placed on hard lockdown at 3:55 p.m. as a precaution due to the shooting. The elementary school is a few blocks away from the hospital.
This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.