Chicago Police responding to active shooter situation near Mercy Hospital

CHICAGO IL- SEPTEMBER 28 Crime scene tape secures a shooting scene where 5 people were reported to have been shot including an 11-month-old infant

The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are "reports of multiple victims" after shots were fired on Monday afternoon near Mercy hospital on the city's South Side.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police Department, tweeted that there were reports of shots being fired near Mercy Hospital And Medical Center in Chicago.

Maria Correa, who was in the hospital at 2525 S. Michigan Ave., told CBS 2 she saw blood in one of the hospital's entrances and reported hearing multiple shots.

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At least 10 ambulances are on the scene, and Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the city, is meeting with Eddie Johnson, superintendent of Chicago police, to assess the situation.

Further details about the possible shooting were not immediately available and police did not share how many people were injured or how severe the injuries were. Aditia said officers responded quickly and the gunman and the officers exchanged gunfire. He says one "possible offender" has also been shot, and that officers are now searching the hospital. He said the shooter and the woman had been speaking before the shooting, but he didn't know if they knew each other. That could have been us back there and if any bullets had pierced the wall we all would have been hurt'.

Police were seen shepherding people away from the hospital and onto buses, according to video broadcast by ABC7 news channel.

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