Four people have died in a shooting at a Chicago hospital, including two female members of staff and a police officer, and the gunman himself.
The two women killed were a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant, Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed.
A police spokesman said the gunman had died in an exchange of shots, but it is not clear if he took his own life.
A second officer avoided injury after a bullet fired in his direction became lodged in his gun, police say.
Officials say the gunman appeared to target a woman with whom he was in a relationship but they do not suggest a motive.
“Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love,” said Mr Emanuel. “This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and the consequence of evil.”
The incident occurred at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital at about 15:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday.
The gunman first shot the woman he apparently knew and then headed inside the building, closely followed by several police officers. More shots were fired, apparently at random.
Mercy Hospital was quickly evacuated during the incident as armed police descended on the scene.
The hospital later confirmed that police were able to secure the area, ensuring the safety of dozens of patients.
Other images from the scene showed people rushing outside the facility, including some staff in uniform.
US medical professionals recently became involved in an online campaign protesting against gun violence.
The hashtag #ThisIsOurLane was used by doctors in response to a tweet from America’s powerful pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), that suggested anti-gun doctors should “stay in their lane” after high-profile shootings.
Some doctors rebuked the assertion – sharing emotional stories and blood-splattered photographs of their treatment of gun violence victims.
Almost 13,000 people have been killed by guns so far this year in the US, according to data compiled tracking website Gun Violence Archive.
They say another 25,000 have been injured and more than 250 police officers have been shot on duty.No tags for this post.