Chicago shooting: 2 hospital employees, policeman and gunman dead

Chicago shooting: 2 hospital employees, policeman and gunman dead. (WICS)

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center said in a press release they are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred in its emergency department Monday afternoon after a gunman fatally shot Dr. Tamara O'Neal, pharmacy resident Dayna Less and Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez.

The hospital said O'Neal was an emergency room physician who was "dedicated to caring for her community."

Also in the release, it said Dayna Less was a first-year pharmacy student and was a recent graduate of Purdue University, and Officer Jimenez died trying to protect other employees from the shooter.

The emergency room at the facility is closed until Tuesday and the Chicago Police Department is still investigating the incident.

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The Chicago officer involved in the hospital shooting has died, according to a tweet from a member of the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said four were killed in the shooting at Mercy Hospital - two hospital employees, a Chicago police officer and the suspected gunman.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the two hospital employees were a doctor and a pharmacy assistant.

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.

Earlier, witnesses said a gunman repeatedly shot a woman near a parking lot outside the building before entering the hospital and opening fire. Police say. Police say the suspected gunman is dead, but it's unclear if he took his own life or was killed by police.


Update:

The Associated Press reports a witness says he saw a gunman repeatedly shoot a woman outside a Chicago hospital before making his way inside and opening fire.

James Gray tells KABC-TV he was inside Mercy Hospital on Monday when the shooting unfolded. He described the scene as "mass chaos."

Gray says the man was walking with a woman near a parking area when he turned and shot her in the chest multiple times. He says the man then stood over the woman and continued shooting.

Gray says the man then entered the hospital, and "just started shooting at random."

Chicago police say the suspected gunman was later killed. Police say four people were critically wounded, including a police officer and at least one hospital employee.

Police issued an earlier statement saying there were "reports of multiple victims" after shots were fired near the hospital on Chicago's South Side.


Original:

Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting, one officer was shot and is in critical condition and one "possible offender" has been shot.

The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are "reports of multiple victims" after shots were fired Monday afternoon near Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says officers are searching the hospital. He says at least one "possible offender is shot," but no details were immediately released. Police are asking people to avoid the area.


A message left for hospital officials wasn't immediately returned.

Television footage shows several people, including some wearing white coats, walking through a parking lot with their arms up.

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