FOUR people have died including a hero police officer and an A&E doctor after a gunman stormed a hospital and opened fire on Monday.
Cops swarmed Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at around 3.15pm local time amid reports of an ‘active shooter’ situation.
It’s understood that the first victim was shot in the car park by a man alleged to be her former fiance, according to ABC7.
The broadcaster reports that the gunman then made his way inside the hospital where he shot at least one other person.
At some point, he engaged with a police officer who was shot and taken to University of Chicago Hospital in a critical condition.
Another person is also critically wounded, however, police are yet to release any further details.
The hospital was stormed by a gunman shortly after 3.15pm local time (9.15pm GMT)[/caption]
People evacuated from Mercy Hospital where a gunman stormed the building and opened fire with their hands above their headsABC 7 Chicago
Evacuated patients were taken to a warming bus while officers combed the hospitalGetty Images – Getty
The hospital is being evacuated and officers are searching the building.
Eyewitness James Gray told ABC7 Chicago: “It was chaos, mass chaos.”
He described seeing a man and a woman who looked like they were talking to each other while walking towards the car park.
Mr Gray said: “The gentleman turned around and shot three times in the chest. Once she fell to the ground, he turned around and shot her three more times.”
Eyewitness Steve White says he saw the gunman shoot at police and a person in hospital scrubscbs
Officials work at an entrance at Mercy Hospital after the active shooter situationAP:Associated Press
Law enforcement officers including Chicago SWAT at the entrance of the hospitalAP:Associated Press
He said he didn’t know if they knew each other, and added: “They were walking and talking and he just turned around and started shooting. It wasn’t a heated exchange.”
Witness Steve White, who was inside the emergency room, told CBS: “We heard some shots so we all ran to the emergency window, we see this guy out there, military style, shooting at the police.
“He goes pow, pow, pow, and then he turns around and whoever was laying on the ground in hospital scrubs and shoots them twice… pow, pow.
“The he runs into the hospital, we were told to stay down and then we heard more shots… pow, pow, pow.”
Police remained at the scene outside the hospital on Monday nightGetty Images – Getty
Mercy Hospital workers are escorted from the building after a gunman shot multiple peopleGetty Images – Getty
Emergency services remained at the scene late into the nightGetty Images – Getty
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“We heard more shots and we were being told to stay calm.”
He added: “It was just one gunman and he didn’t care about nobody.
“People were hollering, screaming, scared. I lost my wallet in there but they can have it.”
The hospital is not a trauma centre, so the severely injured were transported to another nearby facility.
Multiple people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday
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