One in custody after shots fired at Chicago VA center

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -- A suspect is in custody after shots were fired outside of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon.

According to Chicago fire officials, no one was injured.

“He walked up and started shooting at the building,” one witness told CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar. As the shooter stopped to reload, “by that time, a car tried to run him over.”

“Everybody ran into the building. He was coming behind us.”

Chicago police said the hospital is currently shut down. A VA hospital said workers were ordered to shelter in place.

The medical center, located at 820 S. Damen Ave., is a 200-bed acute care facility that provides care to approximately 62,000 enrolled veterans in the Chicago area.

In 2009, Kermit Washington walked into the lobby of the same VA Center and fired a shot. Nobody was hurt.

Washington was charged with killing his parents inside their home, and he then went to the hospital, where he barricaced himself inside an emergency exam room for several hours.

This is a developing story.