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1 in Custody After Report of Shots Fired at Chicago VA Hospital

Police say a man with an assault rifle fired shots inside and outside the building

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    One Person in Custody After Shots Fired at Chicago VA Hospital

    A tragedy averted was at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon after a man opened fire with an assault rifle. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports the very latest.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    Chicago "avoided tragedy" on Monday afternoon after police officers arrested a man who opened fire at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center on the city's West Side, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet said. 

    According to a spokesperson at the hospital, located at 820 S. Damen Ave., staff were told to shelter in place at around 2:18 p.m.

    The suspect, who was armed with an assault rifle, shot at the building initially, and then went inside the hospital, police said at a press conference.

    Authorities said the suspect fired both inside and outside but declined to answer just how many shots were fired.

    Shots Fired at VA Medical Center: Police

    Shots Fired at VA Medical Center: Police

    NBC 5's Phil Rogers has the latest on the frightening scene that took place Monday afternoon after police say they received calls of a gunman entering a VA hospital.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    Within 30 seconds of the suspect entering the building, VA police officers "mitigated the threat," Special Agent Sallett said, along with federal agents,  CPD, and a SWAT team.

    No injuries were reported.

    The facility was given the "all clear" Monday evening, Chicago police confirmed on Twitter. 

    Witnesses Share Scary Moment After Reports of Shots Fired in VA Hospital

    Witnesses Share Scary Moment After Reports of Shots Fired in VA Hospital

    NBC 5's Natalie Martinez spoke to witnesses who were at the scene where authorities responded to reports of shots possibly being fired in and out of a VA hospital Monday afternoon.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    In addition, CPD later confirmed they've “had contact with the suspect in the past.” 

    One witness told NBC 5 he was sitting by the cafeteria area when he saw people running.

    "So I walked toward the pharmacy area and a gentleman came walking past me with that big gun," Oliver Robinson said. 

    SKY 5 Over VA Hospital As CPD Responds

    SKY 5 Over VA Hospital As CPD Responds

    Staff at a Chicago VA hospital were sheltering in place Monday afternoon following a reported incident of possible shots fired.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    Another witness said he's frustrated with the number of incidents that have sparked lately in the area and abroad.

    "I’m upset that we’re starting to get this so regular," Hubert Evans said. "I mean almost – you don’t want to believe it. So you hesitate for a minute and think ‘is somebody joking?’ but with people running, you’re not gonna wait and think about it."

    The incident remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Since the hospital is a federal facility, any action taken is being looked at from a federal persepctive, officials said. 

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