- At least four people are dead, including a Chicago police officer and a suspected gunman, after a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital on Monday afternoon.
- The 28-year-old officer, identified as Samuel Jimenez, had just completed his probationary period local news outlets reported.
At least four people are dead – including a 28-year-old Chicago police officer and a suspected gunman – after a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital on Monday afternoon, Chicago police officials told local news media.
The 28-year-old officer, identified as Samuel Jimenez, had just completed his probationary period local news outlets reported.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting, according to officials cited by Reuters. The newswire service said an investigator at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said those two had also died.
Around 3:30 p.m. local time on Monday afternoon, Chicago Police communications officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that there had been reports “of shots fired in the vicinity of 26th and Michigan” and warned the public to stay away from the area.
Around 4:40 p.m., a tweet from the Mercy Hospital account indicated that Chicago Police had secured the scene and that “patients are safe.”
Hours after police had secured the area, Guglielmi confirmed Officer Jimenez’s death and called the shooting incident “senseless.”
“Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire Chicago Department,” Guglielmi wrote on Twitter.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Sam Charles said he spoke to a man who was visiting his wife at the hospital, who said he heard five “rapid-fire” shots from what appeared to be a “large calibre weapon.”
Bill West, a local traffic reporter, tweeted that the hospital was being evacuated as police officers searched the building. However, he said so far there “appears to be” only one shooter. West said evacuees were being put on buses to get them away from the scene.
One hospital employee told the Tribune that she was in her office when she heard an announcement over the building’s PA system, telling everyone to lock their doors. She was later evacuated and put on one of the buses.
“I don’t know what happened,” she told the reporter as she was ushered onto the bus.
“They told us to run so we did,” another evacuated employee told the Tribune.
Another shaken employee told ABC 7 Chicago that she was “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,” the employee said.