No injuries reported after man arrested with rifle at VA hospital on Near West Side

A man with a rifle was taken into custody Monday afternoon near the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, according to Chicago police.

The incident was reported around 2:40 p.m. near the medical center at 820 S. Damen Ave., prompting an active shooter plan, police said.

Responding units were told to slow down shortly afterward as an arrest was reported and a gun recovered. “Active shooter response now secure,” the Chicago Fire Department tweeted. “No one reported hit.”

Chicago police would not say whether the suspect fired any shots, but a witness told reporters that the gunman “walked up and started shooting at the building.” It appeared he was reloading when “a car tried to hit him,” the witness said. The suspect then ran into the building and was taken into custody by police who work for the VA.

Darryl Jones, 71, said he was inside the clinic’s cafeteria when he saw the gunman walk by carrying a large gun. “I thought this guy is coming to try and do some damage,” he said.

Jones said people were running and screaming when they realized a man with a gun was in the center. “I was nervous,” he said.

The grounds around the hospital were crowded with people, including doctors and nurses in blue scrubs, as police kept watch at the facility’s entrance, barring anyone from entering or exiting.

Police were also directing traffic around the congested area, which is also home to Stroger Hospital and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s medical school.

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