Police Respond To Shooting Near Mercy Hospital

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson are monitoring the situation, a spokesperson for the mayor said.

Police were seen shepherding people away from the hospital and onto buses, according to video broadcast by ABC7 news channel.

Police issued a statement on Twitter saying there were "reports of multiple victims".

Police have secured the hospital and patients are safe, the hospital said Monday afternoon.

Reports are of an active shooter, along with multiple victims, at Mercy Hospital on 2525 S. Michigan Ave.in Chicago.

Gray described the shooting as surreal, "like a movie scene". They appeared to know each other and were having a normal conversation.

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Witness Steven White told CNN's Ryan Young that he was in the emergency room when he saw the shooter firing at police.

'I am scared as hell. "I mean within seconds they were just surrounding the hospital, firefighters and ambulances, everything, they were just surrounding the hospital", she said.

'This was very close to me.

Officers were doing a "methodical search" of the hospital, a spokesman said. That could have been us back there and if any bullets had pierced the wall we all would have been hurt'.

The shots were fired about 3.28pm local time near 26th Street and MI streets.

The hospital is being partially evacuated, reports say.

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