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Man with loaded shotgun, machete claiming ‘liberty business’ arrested outside Pentagon, police say

A Kentucky man was arrested outside the Pentagon recently after he showed up with a loaded shotgun and a machete in his truck, claiming to be there on “liberty business,” according to a report.

Charles Lawson approached two police officers in the Pentagon parking lot at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 and made incoherent statements, investigators said.

He admitted to having a weapon in his car when questioned and also to having spent the day drinking alcohol, WTOP reported Monday, citing court documents.

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Police handcuffed Lawson and searched his vehicle. They discovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a box of shotgun shells, an 18-inch machete and a pocketknife in his pickup truck, as well as an open bottle of whiskey and white paper with a “green leafy substance” wrapped inside, according to court documents.

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File image of a machete. Police said the suspect also had a loaded shotgun. (iStock)

Lawson told police he had driven overnight from Pineville, Ky., stopping only for gas.

LONDON POLICE OFFICER STABBED IN HEAD BY MACHETE-WIELDING MAN; COP MANAGES TO TASER SUSPECT

Police took Lawson to the hospital for evaluations, where he commented to a doctor about being diagnosed as a schizophrenic, court documents said.

Lawson had been involuntarily hospitalized in November 2018 for mental illness, a background check found, and he cannot legally have a gun.

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Lawson is facing a federal charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm after being previously committed to a mental institution.

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Conspiracy theories swamp Jeffrey Epstein case from fringe and mainstream

Maybe Jeffrey Epstein, 66, isn’t dead at all. Perhaps it was a body double left hanging by a bedsheet in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) early Saturday, while the real Epstein headed back to his private “Pedophile Island.”

Or perhaps a former U.S. president and his wife – who once sought the top job herself – sought to silence potentially explosive testimony by ordering a hit.

Wait a minute, it was William Barr’s Department of Justice that took him off suicide watch, therefore President Trump must have had a hand in the death.

Are you crazy? It was the Russians!

Oh no, the reason he was able to evade justice for so long was that he was an FBI informant.

Wrong, so wrong. Epstein was a foreign intelligence agent. The Mossad.

The death of the disgraced multimillionaire in a New York federal prison has spawned a dizzying array of conspiracy theories.

“The case does have striking analogies to an episode on ‘Homeland,’ but the extent of the apparent irregularities here regarding his time in custody is, simply put, troubling,” Melissa Jampol, a former sex crimes assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told Fox News. “This case touches on many of the #MeToo themes that we have seen over the past few years, but also because it involves so many people with wealth and power, [that] makes it ripe for conspiracy theorists.”

GHISLAINE MAXWELL, JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ALLEGED ‘RECRUITER,’ NOW UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Since Epstein’s apparent suicide early Saturday, the hashtags #Arkanicide to #TrumpBodyCount and #EpsteinMurder have exploded across social media.

But such conspiracies aren’t just the province of fringe groups; the theories have been tweeted and retweeted — chewed over and spit out — by everyone from high-profile media personalities and Hollywood celebrities to top-tier politicians and even the U.S. president himself.

“You would be challenged to sell this story in Hollywood had it not happened. Everything about Jeffrey Epstein and his ability to manipulate successful businessmen, his ability to exercise long-term friends and slowly transfer wealth to his personal gain, shows that we have someone that has extreme narcissism,” Dr. Lisa Strohman, clinical psychologist and founder of the Digital Citizen Academy, told Fox News. “This is an individual that was caught and convicted of sexually abusing young children and yet was allowed to continue to live his lifestyle among the rich and famous with no restrictions. He skillfully associated with the leaders to create a safety net to protect his continued behaviors.”

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at a New York charity event in 2005. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The Epstein conspiracy theories came in a torrent after his shocking death, though elements of the elaborate stories were hardly new. Well before his arrest in July, questions swirled about how he made his fortune, what big names were mixed in among his clients and associates, who took part in his debauched island adventures, and how exactly he was able to secure a sweetheart plea deal a decade ago.

“Epstein’s circle of high friends in high places crisscrossed the political spectrum, which is why for the first time in a while we seem to have bipartisan consensus as to one issue: something, in a ‘House of Cards’ sense, just doesn’t feel right,” said one criminal defense attorney, Phillip Hamilton. “The moral of the story is that in theory, no one should be above the law. But in practice too often, we as a society allow people like Epstein to elevate well above it.”

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S FINAL DAYS – AND THE LEGAL CASES THAT WON’T DIE WITH HIM

Epstein, a native of Coney Island, Brooklyn, and a college dropout, curated a life that saw him become a millionaire many times. He routinely rubbed shoulders with royalty, presidents, models and business big shots for decades.

True, he suffered a setback in 2008 following an FBI investigation in Florida that led to a single charge of soliciting sex from a minor. Nonetheless, his bank account and sway ensured he received a jaw-dropping plea deal that allowed him to check in and out of prison and protect other “co-conspirators” from future prosecution.

As is now common knowledge, though, his jet-setting existence came crashing down when his private plane touched down in New York in early July, and FBI agents arrested him on charges of operating a sex trafficking ring that had exploited dozens of minors. He allegedly tried to harm himself a couple of weeks ago, was taken off suicide watch, and, at the time of his death was reportedly not closely being monitored as he occupied a cell without a cellmate – another protocol violation.

And then?

Then he was dead.

“Conspiracy theorists will love this story. But in my opinion, Epstein felt there was no other option or way out of the situation,” asserted Doug Richard, a former federal prosecutor and civil litigator. “He believed suicide was the only way to control the outcome.”

Said Dan Gainor, the vice president for TechWatch, business and culture at the Media Research Center, Epstein’s “movie villain” persona and the house of horrors he continued to operate even after being convicted are the stuff of more than any routine Hollywood thriller.

“Super-rich, powerful, well-connected and evil,” Gainor said.

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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, second from right, listens along with defense attorneys at a court hearing last month. (Aggie Kenny via AP)

Gainor also pointed to the notion that the abundant conspiracies percolating around Epstein have a “real-world impact” when it comes to investigating such cases and possible co-conspirators.

“Look at the fear of vaccines – that is the danger of conspiracy coverage. But it’s impossible not to consider the idea of something odd in this case,” Gainor said. “The media and prosecutors need to be more curious following leads when powerful people are rumored to be doing truly hideous things.”

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Others have a different view, saying the Epstein saga are just the latest illustration of what money can do.

“It exposed the abuses of power that those with money and influence are allowed to get away with. It shocked people because of the fact that someone could have been allowed to do all these horrible things and still be welcome in high-society is unbelievable to the average person,” said Ronn Torossian, crisis communications expert and CEO of New York-based 5WPR. “Though Jeffrey Epstein’s life has come to a tragic end, those who were tied to him during his life will have to do some serious damage control to untangle their reputations.”

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Jeffrey Epstein ‘special observation’ watch protocols went unheeded in hours before death: reports

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Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly on “special observation watch” at the time of his apparent suicide Saturday morning, but the stringent protocols associated with the watch were not followed, officials said, revealing yet another apparent procedural lapse at the Manhattan lockup — which on Tuesday afternoon was assigned a new warden “pending the outcome of the investigations” into Epstein’s death.

Epstein, 66, had been placed on suicide watch — requiring in-person checks every 15 minutes — at the end of July after an incident in which the disgraced financier was discovered semiconscious in his cell with marks on his neck. But after a week of psychological evaluations, he was reportedly removed from that watch and downgraded to “special observation status,” a secondary and less restrictive set of safeguards that still required two correctional officers to alternate checks on him every 30 minutes, according to the New York Post.

Epstein’s removal from suicide watch and his subsequent transfer to a different cell with a different cellmate came after a request from his attorneys, whom he had been meeting with for up to 12 hours a day, the Wall Street Journal reported. But typically such a request from a defense attorney would still need the jail’s warden and members of the psych staff to give their consent, and it remained unclear Tuesday who approved of the Epstein watch downgrade.

Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday afternoon directed the Metropolitan Correction Center warden to be assigned to a different post and named FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci as the Acting Warden of the MCC New York, a Justice Department spokesperson said in a news release. Additionally, the Bureau of Prisons placed the two MCC staffers assigned to monitor Epstein on administrative leave as the FBI and DOJ inspector general begin intensive investigations into how such a high-profile inmate had the apparent means and opportunity to kill himself.

“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in the news release.

FORMER NYC JAIL INMATE: THERE’S ‘NO WAY’ JEFFREY EPSTEIN KILLED HIMSELF

The dual probes will seek to uncover why so many protocols were reportedly not followed, including how Epstein remained alone and unchecked in his cell for several hours before being found unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEAD: TIMELINE OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AND RELATED LEGAL CASES

Sources told the New York Times on Monday that one of the guards assigned to monitor Epstein was not even a full-time correctional officer, although it was not immediately clear what other job the employee was said to have and the employee was reportedly able to serve as a corrections officer.

Another regulation said to have been disregarded was the required presence of a cellmate for inmates under second watch. While Epstein apparently had a cellmate in the 8-by-8 space he was sent to after being moved off suicide watch, it was a different person than Epstein had lived with during his first several weeks at the MCC and it was not immediately known why the convicted sex offender was transferred to the new cell or who the new cellmate was.

Regardless, Epstein’s final cellmate was not there when Epstein apparently hanged himself using a bedsheet. The inmate reportedly left the cell just hours before Epstein died, but, as with many other aspects of the case, it was not clear why the inmate was gone. Some observers familiar with inmate movements speculated the man may have been taken out of the cell in advance of a court appearance or other appointment, but, either way, he was not replaced, as was supposed to happen, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Epstein was being held without bail on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges to which he pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, allegations that could have landed him behind bars for 45 years — essentially a life sentence for the 66-year-old.

An autopsy was performed Sunday but the cause of death was not revealed pending further analysis.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona authorities searching for ‘endangered’ woman who was chased, forced into truck by man

Authorities in Arizona believe a woman seen in surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man may be in danger, and officials are pleading with the public for help finding the unidentified pair.

The incident happened Sunday at about 6 p.m., when cameras captured the woman running away from an unknown male, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. She was seen screaming for help and eventually being forced into a truck with her pursuer near a car wash in Youngtown, about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.

“I heard screaming at first and then I saw him trying to get her into the truck,” an employee at Clean Freak Car Wash who asked not to be identified told FOX10.

WEDDING CRASHER’ SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS AFTER TARGETING EVENTS, STEALING GIFTS

The man chased the woman to an area near 111th and Grand Avenue, where he forced her into a black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, according to police.

“I yelled at him, told him to stop and leave before I call the cops,” the employee told FOX10. “He did not show any acknowledgment whatsoever.”

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Authorities are asking for help after a woman was seen on surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

The truck backed into another vehicle before driving off. The sheriff’s office said the other vehicle sustained minor damage on the passenger side due to the collision.

“It is possible the female involved in this incident is in danger,” police said.

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The woman is described as possibly being in her mid-30s and wearing a black dress and sandals. Her height is estimated between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches, weighing around 140 to 170 pounds, with dark hair and dark eyes.

The man, who may be in his mid-30s, was wearing a black T-shirt with white graphics and jeans.

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The truck has a possible California license plate of AE92W27, according to police.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 602-876-1011.

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Inside the mind of Jeffrey Epstein; Trump administration defends new green card rule

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start the day…

Epstein called criminalizing sex with teen girls a ‘cultural aberration’: report
Jeffrey Epstein had previously slammed criminalizing sex with teen girls as a “cultural aberration,” according to a reporter who recalled the convicted pedophile’s comments a year before his apparent suicide. Epstein was “unapologetic” and defiant to the end in his beliefs on men sleeping with underage girls, according to New York Times reporter James Stewart. “He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart reported in the Times on Monday. Stewart spoke with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse in 2018, a year before he reportedly killed himself inside of his New York City jail cell on Saturday.

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Barr focuses on ‘irregularities’ at correctional facility, feds search one of Epstein’s homes
Attorney General William Barr on Monday blasted corrections officials and vowed to investigate the “serious irregularities” uncovered at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan where Epstein was held and found dead Saturday morning. The disgraced financier reportedly used a makeshift noose made from bedsheets to hang himself. Barr’s criticism came amid complaints about squalid, rat-infested cells and as union officials charge warnings about overworked employees at the understaffed facility went ignored for years.

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Meanwhile, the FBI confirmed to Fox News that agents are searching Epstein’s Little Saint James Island home in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The notorious island took on a string of nicknames over the years, including “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.” The 66-year-old Epstein was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What’s more, an employee who reportedly worked there has claimed the wealthy financier kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

Trump administration defends new green card rule
The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid. Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), defended the rule as strengthened a long-held standard for potential immigrants and green card holders. “The rule we issued today, a public charge rule, is intended to once again give meaningful effect to the public charge standard,” he said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “What that is in ordinary English… is basically that we try to avoid having immigrants come through our process… who are likely in the future to become welfare-dependent.” Click on the video above to watch Cuccinelli’s interview from “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Senior citizen to Kamala Harris: ‘Leave our health care alone’
Presidential primary candidate Kamala Harris was confronted on Monday by an upset Iowa resident over the California senator’s plan to overhaul health care in the United States. The Democratic senator from California was speaking to voters at the Bickford Senior Living Center in Muscatine, Iowa, when one of the center’s residents challenged her on how she planned to pay for “Medicare for All.” “Leave our health care alone,” Roberta Jewell,  a 91-year-old resident at the senior living facility, told Harris as she was describing her campaign’s health care proposal. “We don’t want you to mess with it.”

Trump campaign aide: Scaramucci is about Scaramucci
The new public rift between President Trump and Anthony Scaramucci is slowly escalating as one campaign aide has described the former White House communications director as a self-centered man who abused young staffers during his short tenure. “Anthony Scaramucci is all about Anthony Scaramucci,” Mercedes Schlapp claimed Monday on “The Story.” “You can ask young staffers in the communications office that literally were terrorized by Anthony Scaramucci, where he only survived 11 days in that job.” In media interviews and on Twitter, Scaramucci has been critical of Trump, suggesting to CNN it might be best for the Republican Party to replace him at the top of the 2020 presidential ticket. In turn, the president claimed the hedge fund executive and short-timer in his administration just wants to appear on television.

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CHP officer, gunman dead in shootout near freeway: report

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A California Highway Patrol officer was gunned down Monday in a shootout off the 215 Freeway, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The scene was chaotic. The Times reported that the suspect was stopped by an officer on a motorcycle. At some point, the suspect grabbed a rifle from inside the car and fired upon the officer approaching the vehicle. Other officers arrived at the scene and witnesses described a chaotic situation. One driver said bullets “flew through their windows.”

“We know his motive for this crime,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Monday night.

The shooter opened fire shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer pulled over a white GMC pickup truck and decided to impound it.

“He called for a tow truck and was filling out the necessary paperwork” when the driver pulled a rifle from the truck and opened fire, said Scott Parker, assistant chief at the CHP’s Inland Division. The officer called for help and three other CHP officers arrived, who immediately faced gunfire and two were hit, Parker said.

A Riverside police officer and three Riverside County sheriff’s deputies also arrived and traded shots with the man before killing him at the scene, Diaz said.

“It was a long and horrific gun battle,” the chief said.

Video showed the gunman, apparently clad in black and wielding a military assault-style rifle, trading fire with officers and then retreating to crouch behind the front of his truck for cover, still trading shots.

Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows.

Parker said the first CHP officer who was wounded was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another officer was hospitalized in critical condition but the third had only minor injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the slain CHP officer or the gunman.

However, family members identified the officer as 33-year-old Andre Moye, Jr., who was married and had been with the CHP about four years, KABC-TV reported.

Police earlier had said at least one civilian had been slightly injured by flying glass.

Parker said two civilians received superficial injuries and “they’re going to be OK.” Parker said.

Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the officer to stop and impound the truck. Investigators didn’t immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.

After the shooting, dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside of the hospital in nearby Moreno Valley. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

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Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer’s flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Motorcycle officers then led a procession as the hearse was driven to the county coroner’s office.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and the  Associated Press contributed to this report

A gunfight ensued.

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Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, tweeted, “Please say some prayers for the CHP officers involved, according to the report.

The Times reported that two additional officers were injured in the shooting. Their conditions were  not immediately known,

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Epstein called criminalizing sex with teen girls a ‘cultural aberration’: report

Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier, had previously slammed criminalizing sex with teen girls as a “cultural aberration,” according to a reporter who recalled the convicted pedophile’s comments a year before his apparent suicide.

Epstein was “unapologetic” and defiant to the end in his beliefs on men sleeping with underage girls, according to New York Times reporter James Stewart.

“He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart reported in the Times on Monday.

Stewart spoke with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse in 2018, a year before he reportedly killed himself inside of his New York City jail cell on Saturday.

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“He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart wrote. “He pointed out that homosexuality had long been considered a crime and was still punishable by death in some parts of the world.”

Stewart also recalled that when he showed up at Epstein’s residence he was greeted by a young girl with blond hair and an Eastern European accent.

“I can’t say how old she was, but my guess would be late teens or perhaps 20. Given Mr. Epstein’s past, this struck me as far too close to the line,” he wrote.

Epstein, 66, was reportedly found hanging in his jail cell this past weekend with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed. He was being held in connection with charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Aug. 13

On this day, Aug. 13 …

2016: Michael Phelps wins his record 23rd (and final) Olympic gold medal.

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  • 1942: The film “Bambi” opens at Radio City Music Hall. 
  • 1962: The border between East and West Berlin is closed and marked with a barbed wire fence. 
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  • 1995: Yankee great Mickey Mantle dies of cancer.
  • 2008: Michael Phelps becomes the first athlete in Olympic history to win 11 career gold medals.
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Man arrested after gunfire at Chicago hospital for military veterans, cops say

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired outside a 200-bed hospital on Chicago’s West Side that provides care to about 62,000 military veterans, authorities said.

Officials reported that there were no injuries.

Tom Ahern, a police spokesman, said the man began shooting outside the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon and tried to enter the lobby.

He said security officers apprehended the man near the hospital entrance. Police took the man into custody.

“Nobody was hurt, there was nobody injured, there was nobody hit,” Jeffrey Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office, said, according to Fox 32. “We avoided tragedy here in the city of Chicago today.”

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Authorities recovered a rifle that the man is believed to have used.

Ahern said investigators haven’t determined what led to the gunfire or who the man might have been targeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man arrested after gunfire at Chicago hospital for military veterans, cops say

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired outside a 200-bed hospital on Chicago’s West Side that provides care to about 62,000 military veterans, authorities said.

Officials reported that there were no injuries.

Tom Ahern, a police spokesman, said the man began shooting outside the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Monday afternoon and tried to enter the lobby.

He said security officers apprehended the man near the hospital entrance. Police took the man into custody.

“Nobody was hurt, there was nobody injured, there was nobody hit,” Jeffrey Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office, said, according to Fox 32. “We avoided tragedy here in the city of Chicago today.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Authorities recovered a rifle that the man is believed to have used.

Ahern said investigators haven’t determined what led to the gunfire or who the man might have been targeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Click for more from Fox 32.

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