Reports Of A Shooting At Mercy Hospital In Chicago

Erika Holt
November 20, 2018

Hector Aditia was inside the hospital when he saw the gunman shoot one of the victims multiple times in the parking lot.

- A Chicago police officer was hospitalized and "multiple" people were shot, including a "possible offender" Monday afternoon near Mercy Hospital in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the city's South Side.

Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, said the officer was in critical condition and receiving treatment. At least one possible shooter was shot, Guglielmi said.

At least 10 ambulances are on the scene, and Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the city, is meeting with Eddie Johnson, superintendent of Chicago police, to assess the situation.

Multiple victims were reported, but it was not immediately clear how many people had been shot.

The officer was critically injured in the shooting attack at and near the hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Ave., about 3:20 p.m., a police spokesman said.

A hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors. She said that at one point, she heard five shots in quick succession, but that the gunshots stopped after police arrived.

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'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, ' an employee told WLS.

'This was very 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.

"Officers are doing a methodical search ..."

"They told us to run, so we did".

Authorities were warning people to stay out of the area.

TV footage showed people filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air.

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