Police officer in critical condition, multiple injured after shooting at Chicago hospital

Multiple people are reported wounded in a shooting near Mercy Hospital

According to multiple reports, a gunman opened fire inside Mercy Hospital in Chicago wounding many including an officer who is in critical condition and a nurse was left dead.

Police did not immediately say how many people were injured and to what extent they were injured. And at least one assailant was also shot, the spokesman said. She said she saw officers shooting back and forth. "I mean within seconds they were just surrounding the hospital, firefighters and ambulances, everything, they were just surrounding the hospital", she said.

Earlier, authorities reported that four people were in critical condition, including the officer.

A massive police operation began after reports of an active shooter and multiple victims. He said everyone inside rushed to the window, and saw a gunman standing "military style" shooting at the responding officers.

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Guglielmi said one of the victims was a police officer.

Mercy has a rich history as the city's first chartered hospital.

Family members of people who may have been inside the hospital today are being asked to meet at East 27th Street and King Drive, where a warming center has been set up. 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. White said a police sergeant ran into the emergency room with his gun drawn and told everyone to evacuate amid a chaotic scene.

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

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