Chicago police search Mercy hospital after reported shooting incident

Lester Mason
November 21, 2018

Chicago "lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference Tuesday, fighting back tears.

'This tears at the soul of our city. "It is the face and outcome of evil".

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

Samuel Jimenez, a 28-year-old police officer and father, was also killed during the gunfight.

There were reports of "multiple victims" including a wounded officer in "critical condition".

According to the Associated Press, James Gray told ABC7 that he saw multiple people shot: "It looked like he was turning and shooting people at random". O'Neal's friend tried to intervene, but Lopez "lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun".

He said it appeared hospital employees executed the "run, hide, fight" instruction.

The gunman shot Dr O'Neal, 38, several times in the chest before standing over her and firing three more times, witnesses said.

The shooting sent doctors and patients streaming out of the facility, some with their hands up as heavily armed police officers sought to secure the hospital. The police gave chase.

A gunman at a Chicago hospital killed a police officer and two others before dying in the shooting, while to the west of the country in Denver one person was shot and killed on a street corner and three others were wounded.

The gunman opened fire on his ex-partner, 38-year-old Dr Tamara O'Neal, in the vehicle park outside before entering the hospital and shooting dead a newly-graduated pharmacist, 25-year-old Dayna Less.

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.

Maria Correa hid under a desk, clutching her 4-month-old son, Angel, while the violence unfolded.

Superintendent Johnson said Jimenez was not obliged to respond to the call because it was outside his district, and that by confronting the gunman the young officer acted courageously and selflessly. "We heard more gunshots and arguing", a staff said. "They weren't assigned to that particular call, but they went", he said. When the fire department learned of the threats, Lopez was told he would be disciplined.

Mercy has a rich history as the city's first chartered hospital. During the Civil War, the hospital treated both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war, according to its website.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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