Update: Police officer Samuel Jimenez was fatally wounded on Monday during an active shooter situation at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. We previously reported the active shooter. Along with the officer’s death it was reported that Dr. Tamara O’Neal, and Pharmacy assistant Dayna Less were also murdered, according to Fox. The suspect has been identified as Juan Lopez, 32, and is also deceased.
Today, @Chicago_Police Officer Samuel Jimenez chased down the cowardly man who opened fire at a Chicago Hospital — saving countless lives. Officer Jimenez was a true hero who led a life of significance. A life we will #NeverForget. My prayers are with his wife and children. pic.twitter.com/8gEy1wTYb8
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) November 20, 2018
The incident began in the parking lot of Mercy hospital when Dr. O’Neal was confronted by her ex-fiance, Lopez. She ended their relationship in September, and Lopez reportedly wanted the ring back. She told him that she didn’t have it, then the man returned with a gun.
“She got on the phone and she was trying to call the police. She asked us not to leave her alone because he is going to kill her…The guy comes really quickly from behind the van and just pulls out a gun and shoots her six times before she even hits the ground.” Witness to WGN
Police arrived, and the gunman opened fire on them. The suspect ran into the hospital, with police officers following. A gunfight erupted inside the lobby. The officer who died was struck during the gunfight, and a second officer was shot at, but the bullet lodged in his gun. The suspect shot a woman who was just coming out of the elevator (Dayna Less) according to Blue Lives Matter.
Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was with the CPD for 2 years and had only recently gotten off probation. He did not normally work the area of the hospital.
The procession for Ofc. Jimenez has begun. CPD and our federal and state partners pay our final respects to a hero. pic.twitter.com/f28V2x8l9G
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) November 20, 2018
He is survived by his wife and two children.
Bronzeville — A gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday afternoon. Preliminary information says that two people are in critical condition, two people are dead, including a Chicago Police officer and the suspect, according to Fox. The suspect was only identified as a 32 year old male. Some of the details of this incident are still unclear.
“James Gray told the Chicago Tribune that he was coming out of a clinic area at the hospital when he saw the gunman, who was dressed in a black hat and coat, walking and talking with a woman outside the hospital before shooting her three times in the chest. Gray then said the man stood over the woman and shot her three more times after she was on the ground. He told the Tribune that a police car came upon the scene and the gunman started shooting at officers.”
One officer was critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire. Another who was shot at by the suspect had the bullet hit his holster and embedded itself in his gun.
The woman described by witness Gray was a doctor at the hospital and was shot by her former fiancee, according to ABC7. Her name was Dr. Tamara O’Neal. According to authorities, the doctor was the intended target. One of the injured was a nurse at the hospital.
Sources tell the ABC7 I-Team that one of the women shot at Mercy Hospital was a doctor reporting for her afternoon shift, and that she was shot by her former fiance: https://t.co/hVPwgbrkXv pic.twitter.com/YwJ4SAqQSA
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 19, 2018
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 20, 2018
We’ve safely made it to the first floor, waiting to make sure my staff is ok pic.twitter.com/DzNa3IPcjT
— Bern 𖤐 sugar skull (@BernNHK) November 19, 2018
Employees in the hospital reportedly locked themselves in the pharmacy and waiting areas on an upper floor, and followed their active shooter protocol. The hospital was cleared and lockdown lifted.
A shooting took place at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center this afternoon. The shooting at Mercy Hospital is over. Chicago Police Department have secured the hospital and patients are safe.
— Mercy Chicago (@MercyChicago) November 19, 2018
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