Multiple dead including a police officer and doctor following a shooting at a Chicago hospital
Three people lost their lives when an armed man unleashed chaos by shooting his wife in the parking lot and opening fire inside a hospital.
The incident took place on Monday afternoon, November 19, 2018, at Mercy Hospital, in Chicago, on the city's Near South Side.
As reported by ABC 7 Chicago, the shooter, who was identified as Juan Lopez, was also found dead but it is yet to be revealed if he was shot by the police or committed suicide.
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Today on TODAY: The search for answers this morning after a Chicago hospital turned into the scene of a shooting rampage. Four people died, including the shooter. We'll be there live with the latest. pic.twitter.com/QadhT1RQRm— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 20, 2018
The three victims were Dr. Tamara O'Neal, Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez and pharmaceutical assistant Dayna Less, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition but ended up perishing.
According to the news outlet, it all started when the 32-year-old gunman got into an argument with O'Neal, his former fiancée, in the hospital's parking lot.
A police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant are dead after a shooting at Chicago's Mercy hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2018
The suspect, who was in a relationship with the one of the victims, also died, a Chicago Police official said. https://t.co/DRBOtIPWhm
A DOMESTIC DISPUTE
O'Neal and Lopez were set to tie the knot in October, but O'Neal called off the wedding in September. After shooting her three times in the chest, Lopez entered the hospital and continued firing.
Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Superintendent, revealed that police were quick to respond to the shooting, and Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, shared that Officer Jimenez was pronounced dead at around 7:30 p.m.
It takes a great deal of bravery to respond to a situation where one could get hurt or killed.
A DEDICATED PEACE KEEPER
Jimenez, a father-of-three, had been with the CPD for 18 months and on the way to the Cook County morgue, his body was saluted by dozens of fellow police officers standing on the side of the road.
Although he joined the force back in 2017, Jimenez had only been a 'full-fledged' officer for a few months, and was described by Kevin Graham, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, as a 'valued brother' and a 'courageous police officer.'
Shooting at Chicago hospital wounds multiple people, including a suspect and a police officer, authorities say. https://t.co/RtWOeT0ckN— The Associated Press (@AP) November 19, 2018
A DANGEROUS JOB
It takes a great deal of bravery to respond to a situation where one could get hurt or killed. Unfortunately, Officer Jimenez was one of the many police officers who die on duty every year trying to protect innocent people.
Last month, four officers were injured while attempting to stop Robert Bowers, the man who killed 11 people in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, from taking more lives during his rampage.
They managed to shoot and injure him, and now Bowers will possibly face the death penalty following his horrible actions.