Published: Wed, November 21, 2018

Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting: Policeman among four dead as gunman opens fire

Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting: Policeman among four dead as gunman opens fire

A gunman shot a doctor to death outside a Chicago hospital on Monday before storming the facility and killing a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer during an exchange of gunfire and dying in the rampage, officials said.

"We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender", police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fighting back tears, said the victims were "all going about their day, all doing what they loved".

'This tears at the soul of our city. "It is the face and effect of evil", he went on.

Also killed were emergency room physician Tamara O'Neal and pharmacy resident Dayna Less.

Officer Samuel Jimenez, who joined the Chicago police force previous year, died during the gun fight, officials said. Police said he was married and the father of three children. One of the wounded was reportedly a police officer.

Chicago Hospital Shots Fired

Mr Lopez, 32, and Ms O'Neal had been arguing in the hospital parking lot just before the shooting. A friend tried to intervene and the suspected gunman pulled up his shirt and showed a weapon.

As a squad auto pulled up, Lopez turned his Glock semi-automatic handgun on police, striking the vehicle multiple times before he ran into the hospital. After Ms O'Neal fell to the ground, Mr Lopez "stood over her and shot her three more times", a witness named James Gray told reporters. When O'Neal said she didn't have it, he started shooting. The police gave chase.

Police responded to the scene at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. for reports of shots fired just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

There were indications that Lopez wanted to shoot even more people, including an account from one witness, Jennifer Eldridge, who was hiding in the pharmacy, when she heard the gunfire and the sound of the gunman jiggling the handle of the locked door, an apparent effort to get in.

Just seconds later, a second call came in. She looked down and saw blood on the floor but no bodies.

Business owner nearby Susan Jimenez - no relation of Samuel - said she heard multiple gunshots with pauses in between. Patients described hearing shots ring out from the outside of the hospital as they waited inside. We pray for the other families touched by this tragedy and the many, many others in recent months. She and the other technicians locked themselves up until police got them out, she said. Christine Calace, a police department spokeswoman, told media shots were fired inside and outside the hospital building.


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