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4 people killed in Chicago hospital shooting

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CHICAGO – A police officer and 2 employees were killed in Chicago hospital shooting that left gunman dead, CNN reported.

According to the US-based news network, a police officer, a doctor, and a pharmaceutical assistant were killed after a Monday afternoon shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

The shooting was a domestic incident, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said. The gunman’s first victim was a woman with whom he had had a relationship, Johnson said.

The gunman, Juan Lopez, 32, also died, police said. It is unclear whether he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Johnson said.

Mercy Hospital named its employees killed in the shooting as Tamara O’Neal, 38, an emergency room physician, and pharmacy resident Dayna Less, 25, a recent graduate of Purdue University.

The hospital paid tribute to police and security staff, saying it was “deeply saddened by the tragedy.”
“Every shooting in America is a tragedy, and it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in the healing space of a hospital,” it said in a statement.

Chicago police identified the deceased officer as Samuel Jimenez, a father of three. He joined the force in February 2017 and recently completed probationary training, becoming a full-fledged officer, Johnson said. A procession was held for him Monday night.

“Today, we mourn Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez. His heroic actions saved countless lives. He ran toward danger. He ran toward those shots. He ran into fire. Selflessly,” the department said on Twitter.

“What I would ask is that you keep all the victims of today’s horrific incident in your thoughts and prayers,” Johnson said.

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