Four people have been confirmed dead, including a police officer, after an ‘active shooter’ attacked Mercy Hospital in Chicago.
According to reports, the Chicago police officer was critically injured after gunfire broke out at the Chicago hospital located in the city’s South Side, around 3.20pm on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, the incident happened in the hospital’s parking lot, with an argument involving the gunman and a woman who worked at Mercy.
When a friend attempted to step in, the gunman lifted his shirt to display a handgun, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
According to the AP:
The woman’s friend ran into the hospital to call for help, and the gunfire began seconds later, with the attacker killing the woman he was arguing with, whom Johnson described only as a hospital employee.
When officers arrived, the suspect fired at their squad car and then ran inside the hospital. The officers gave chase.
Inside the hospital, the gunman exchanged fire with officers and “shot a poor woman who just came off the elevator” before he was killed, Johnson said.
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenezwas killed in the line of duty. Jimenez had joined the department in Feb. 2017.
Fighting back tears, the Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel said:
“The city of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved.
“This just tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil.”
As of now, it unknown whether the gunman killed himself or died by police fire.
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