Mercy Hospital shooting in Chicago: what we know

Multiple people, including a police officer, were killed.

Four people, including the gunman, were killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side on Monday, according to police.

Besides the shooter, a police officer, a doctor, and a pharmaceutical assistant were killed.

The gunman first opened fire outside the hospital, but eventually moved into the hospital, shooting others and exchanging gunfire with police. The hospital has since been secured.

The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.

What we know

  • Around 3 pm, the gunman shot a woman at the Mercy Hospital parking lot. He then went into the building, where he continued firing shots. Police responded to the shooting, and exchanged fire with the gunman, officials said at a press conference.
  • The shooter, a police officer, a doctor, and a pharmaceutical assistant were killed, ABC 7 reported. It’s not clear if the gunman died by police fire or a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • The suspect was reportedly in a relationship with one of the victims, and confronted her in the parking lot before shooting her, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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  • The police officer who died was identified as 28-year-old Samuel Jimenez.
  • The hospital is now secure.
  • The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives tweeted that its Chicago division “is responding to the active shooting incident at Mercy Hospital in Chicago and assisting our local and state partners.”
  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) responded on Twitter to the mass shooting: “My heart is with Mercy Hospital in Chicago tonight. I am praying for the victims, their families, and those who were injured during the shooting this afternoon. And I am extremely grateful to the Chicago Police Department who responded with bravery.”
  • There have been more than 310 mass shootings in the US so far in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The organization defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place.

What we don’t know

  • The shooter’s identity
  • The shooter’s motive
  • All the victims’ identities