Police officers enter Jesse Brown VA Medical Center after reports of possible shots fired inside the hospital on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 in Chicago.

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Man fires shots into Chicago VA hospital, no injuries reported

August 12, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Police responded reports of an active shooter outside of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois Monday afternoon and later found no injuries. 

A gunman, not believed to be a veteran, according to the medical center fired shots at one of the entrances to the hospital around 2:18 pm. The man later tried to enter the lobby but was apprehended by VA security officers.

“We avoided tragedy here in the city of Chicago today,” Jeffrey S. Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office said at a media conference Monday night.

Police spokesman Tom Ahern stated although authorities discovered a rifle, no one was injured. The Chicago Fire Department later announced a suspect has been taken into custody. According to Sallet, the offender was carrying an assualt rifle and VA police were able to mitigate the threat within 30 seconds of the gunman entering the hospital.

Investigators have yet to determine the gunman's motive. According to the Associated Press, Jesse Brown VA cares for about 62,000 veterans in the area.

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