Mercy Hospital Shooting: Chicago mourning 3 killed, including Officer Samuel Jimenez

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Chicago is mourning a police officer killed at Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon.

CHICAGO, Illinois -- Chicago flags will be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in honor of a fallen police officer killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon on the Near South Side and an ER doctor and a hospital worker killed in the shooting are also being mourned.

Officer Samuel Jimenez was one of three people killed by a gunman, who also died, police said.

The 28-year-old officer who ran into the line of fire to save others worked in the city's 2nd Police District and joined the department in 2017. Tuesday, he is being remembered as a husband and father of three young children.

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Monday night, officers stood at attention as an ambulance carrying his body passed in a procession to the medical examiner's office.

Jimenez was shot and killed by the gunman inside the lobby of Mercy Hospital. He was responding to shots fired while he and his partner were on their way to a different call.

Police were called to Mercy Hospital at around 3:30 p.m. after a gunman confronted his ex-fiancee, emergency room doctor Tamara O'Neal.

The I-Team has identified the gunman as 32-year-old Juan Lopez. The couple's engagement was called off in September.

Lopez shot and killed O'Neal in the parking lot and then ran into the hospital continuing to shoot, killing a pharmacy technician coming off of an elevator who was just going about her business. She has been identified as 25-year- old Dayna Less.

Lopez exchanged gunfire with Officer Jimenez and other officers as he ran into the hospital. Jimenez was shot in the lobby. A second officer was also hit but the bullet hit his holster.

A Chicago police officer responding to the shooting at Mercy Hospital had a bullet hit his gun holster. The officer was unharmed.

The suspect was found inside the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Police said it was unclear how he was shot.

Meanwhile, flags are expected to fly at half-staff at the 2nd Police District Tuesday.

The emergency room where the shooting took place is expected to reopen Tuesday, but there will be two fewer people going back to work.

Pharmacy worker Less was an innocent bystander shot and killed. She was a first-year pharmacy resident doing her clinical rotations at Mercy.

After the shooting she was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The 25-year-old was a graduate of Purdue University. She was planning to home to Indiana Tuesday to be with her family on Thanksgiving. Less was also engaged to be married next summer.

The other victim, killed in the parking lot, police say was Doctor Tamara O'Neal. Dr. O'Neal was an emergency room physician at Mercy. A family member said she was engaged to the shooter for about a year, but called off the wedding in September.

"She was 38 years old, completely dedicated to her church," said Patrick Connor, chairman of the emergency department at Patrick Connor. "She never worked on Sundays. She led her choir in her church and she fund-raised every year for disadvantaged children for first, second and third grade children all their school supplies."

As the shooting took place several of the victims' colleagues and patients took cover, hid where they could as the gunman made his way inside. As bullets flew in the lobby, pharmacy workers huddled behind a locked door.