CHICAGO – Police say a shooting at Mercy Hospital has left “multiple victims” and an officer in critical condition.

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. ”

Christine Calace, a police department spokeswoman, told US TODAY that preliminary reports indicate shots were fired

Another tweet from Guglielmi said the police are doing a methodical search of Mercy hospital. At least one possible offender is shot. ”

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.

James Gray told ABC 7 that he saw multiple people shot: “It looked like he was turning and shooting people at random.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is huddling with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at the city’s public safety headquarters, where they are monitoring the events, according to the mayor’s spokesman, Adam Collins.

Chicago recorded 762 murders in 2016 and 650 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 chronic Catholic teaching hospital that was established in 1852.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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