On Monday afternoon (Nov. 19), the Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communications tweeted an alert for people in the area to stay clear of Mercy Hospital. The Chicago Tribune reports an active shooter opened fire inside the hospital, wounding an undisclosed number of people, including a Chicago officer.
The unidentified shooter, described as a 32-year-old male, carried out the terror around 3:20 p.m. The condition of the suspect is unknown, as well as the other victims wounded in the attack. The Tribune notes less than six people may have been injured. Reports state the suspect was also shot once officers arrived on the scene.
NotifyChicago: Please avoid the area of Mercy Hospital 2520 S Prairie due to Police Activity. Seek alternate route. Tune to local media for more information.
— Chicago OEMC (@ChicagoOEMC) November 19, 2018
A #ChicagoPolice officer has been shot in the active shooter incident at Mercy Hospital. He is in critical condition but receiving excellent care. Please send your prayers. pic.twitter.com/kFfMY1ZmF7
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 19, 2018
NBC News adds the police officer that’s wounded is in critical condition. Mercy Hospital has been completely evacuated as law enforcement officials canvass the area.
This story will be updated as more details arise.