CHICAGO – Police are responding to a shooting near Mercy Hospital amid reports of “multiple victims.”
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted out a confirmation of the shooting in the city’s South Side, saying, “Reports of multiple victims from incident at 26th and Michigan. Please avoid area.”
A Chicago police officer was shot in the incident and is in critical condition, Guglielmi said.
There were news media reports of a large police presence in the area and mass evacuations at the hospital. Emergency crews were also called in.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is huddling with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at city’s public safety headquarters where they’re monitoring the events, according to the mayor’s spokesperson Eddie Johnson.
Chicago recorded 762 murders in 2016 and 650 murders in 2017. The city has recorded 488 murders for 2018 as of Nov. 11, more than any other U.S. city but an 18 percent decline since last year.
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is a 292-bed medical and surgical Catholic teaching hospital that was established in 1852.
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