WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Four people are dead after an active shooter situation on the campus of Mercy Hospital in Chicago. A Chicago police officer is among the four people killed Monday afternoon.
"It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident. Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPolice Department," police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet.
Officer Jimenez was a 28-year-old who recently joined the force and had just been released from his probationary period. He was also married and the father of three children.
A doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were also among those who have died, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during a news conference confirming the officer's death.
Police have also confirmed to WLS-TV and WGN-TV that the gunman has been killed. CBS 2 Chicago reports the gunman targeted a woman in hospital scrubs and shot the victim multiple times outside of the hospital before entering inside.
Police say shots were fired around 3 p.m. Central Time inside and outside of the facility.
Mercy Hospital sent out a tweet confirming the shooting and declaring the situation was over Monday at 4:41 p.m. Central Time.
"A shooting took place at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center this afternoon. The shooting at Mercy Hospital is over. Chicago Police Department have secured the hospital and patients are safe," the hospital said.
A witness tells WLS-TV that they heard six or seven gunshots. They initially thought the sounds were coming from a construction site. They also witnessed lots of people running out of the hospital. Another witness told the station they heard between 10 and 20 gunshots.