(CNN)A police officer has been shot and multiple victims have been reported in a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, the department said Monday.
The officer is in critical condition and receiving “excellent care,” Chicago Police chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.
A #ChicagoPolice officer has been shot in the active shooter incident at Mercy Hospital. He is in critical condition but receiving excellent care. Please send your prayers.
“Please send your prayers,” Guglielmi said.
At least one offender has been shot, Guglielmi said. It was not immediately clear if by “offender” he meant a suspect or someone else.
Police are asking the public to avoid the area of 26th and Michigan.
The incident drew a heavy law enforcement response to the hospital. The FBI is assisting local authorities, a spokeswoman said.
At least 15 medic units were sent to Mercy hospital, Chicago Fire Department Public Information Officer Larry Merritt said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson are both at Public Safety headquarters monitoring the incident unfolding at Mercy Hospital, Guglielmi said.