Four people including a Chicago police officer, were killed, after an armed man opened fire Monday afternoon on the Mercy Hospital campus. The gunman is among the deceased.
Police confirmed the officer who died is Samuel Jimenez. He had recently finished his probationary period, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference Monday night.
Police honored Jimenez in a procession leaving University of Chicago Hospital, where he died.
Emergency room physician, Dr. Tamera O’Neal, was described as a fascinating, hardworking person. Hospital officials said that O’Neal never worked on Sunday because of her religious beliefs.
Police say O’Neal was confronted in the hospital parking lot by the gunman, with whom she had been in a domestic relationship. Witnesses say the man shot her and she fell to the ground. The gunman then stood over her and shot her again.
Pharmaceutical assistant Dayna Less, who was in training to become a pharmacist, was also killed. According to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the woman was shot as she stepped from an elevator. She was a recent Purdue University graduate.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the four dead in the shooting at Mercy Hospital include two hospital employees, a Chicago police officer and the suspected gunman.
Johnson says the shooting began outside the hospital with a “verbal altercation” in the parking lot between people who knew each other. A friend tried to intervene and the suspected gunman pulled up his shirt and showed a weapon. Gunfire erupted and the shooter ran inside the hospital, where police confronted him.
He says that one of the women killed was in a domestic relationship with the gunman.