Mercy Hospital gunman Juan Lopez was fired from a Fire Academy for being offensive toward women
It has been revealed that Juan Lopez, the Mercy Hospital gunman was fired from a Chicago Fire Academy in 2014. He was booted from the program for aggressive behavior towards women.
Juan Lopez recently opened fire and killed his ex-fiancé, a Chicago police officer and a pharmaceutical resident at Mercy Hospital on Monday. He also died during the gun fight between him and police.
Lopez has a history of violence especially towards woman. According to recent revelations from the Chicago Fire Department, his violent nature caused him to lose out on his goal to become a firefighter.
Friends sent me this photo. This was Dr. Tamara O’Neal and her ex-fiancée alleged shooter Juan Lopez during happier times. Police say he shot her in the parking lot of her second job. Lopez was discovered with a gunshot to the head, 2 others were killed.#MercyHospitalShooting pic.twitter.com/K1v2pXKz2h— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) November 20, 2018
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The Chicago Fire Department confirmed that Lopez started training as a firefighter candidate in 2014. During his training he was accused of bullying and “inappropriate contact with fellow female cadets.”
The spokesperson said he was kicked out of the Chicago Fire Academy because he disappeared from work while still being investigated for the claims. He was fired only six months after starting work.
Juan Lopez, identified as the shooter who killed his ex-fiancee at the hospital where she worked as an ER doctor along with another Mercy Hospital employee and a Chicago police officer, was a DePaul grad and worked at the Chicago Housing Authority: https://t.co/lRSr2AZA6J pic.twitter.com/j3YCgMybMa— Heavy.com (@HeavySan) November 20, 2018
During his short time at the academy, it was also put on record that he threatened to "shoot up" the Academy facilities. Reports also claim that Lopez had a valid concealed carry licence on the day he opened fire on the Mercy Hospital.
“This was an unthinkable act of violence. We are filled with overwhelming sadness and our hearts go out to the families of those who died, and to all affected by this horrific tragedy,” CHA chief executive officer Eugene Jones Jr. stated in an email.
Oh hey, red flags all the way down, and yet he was legally carrying concealed after being fired for his misogynistic behavior and threats. https://t.co/gRvtW412Zr— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 20, 2018
Lopez, worked for the Chicago Housing Department,went to Mercy Hospital on November 19, 2018, to confront his ex-fiance, Doctor Tamara O'Neal. He wanted her to return the engagement ring he had given her since they had called off their engagement.
"Lopez started training as a firefighter candidate in 2014. During his training he was accused of bullying and “inappropriate contact with fellow female cadets.”
The gunman who went on a rampage Monday at Mercy Hospital had a troubled history, particularly with women. Nonetheless, Juan Lopez was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. https://t.co/08qa5Ik10n pic.twitter.com/yGnAR7mNHD— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 21, 2018
When she said that she did not have it on her and could not return it he became irate. An argument broke out between them.
After a friend of O'Neal's tried to intervene, Lopez got angry and pulled out a gun. He fired multiple rounds at his ex before running into the hospital.
#UPDATE Police identified the Chicago hospital shooter as 32-year-old Juan Lopez. He killed Dr. Tamara O'Neal, Dayna Less, and Chicago PD officer Samuel Jimenez. https://t.co/iJHZOx0API pic.twitter.com/olasEaGCgs— FOX59 News (@FOX59) November 20, 2018
A shoot out between him and the police ensued and resulted in Lopez being shot dead.