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Hospital Shooting Blamed on Broken Engagement

Witness says gunman demanded a ring back before shooting doctor in Chicago
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2018 11:50 AM CST
Police salute as an ambulance arrives at the medical examiner's office carrying the body of Chicago Police Department Officer Samuel Jimenez, who was killed during a shooting at Mercy Hospital earlier...   (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Monday's deadly shooting at a Chicago hospital appears to have been over a broken engagement, reports the Chicago Tribune. Police say gunman Juan Lopez, 32, shot ER doctor Tamara O'Neal, 38, multiple times in a parking lot outside Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, then exchanged gunfire with arriving officers before running into the hospital. Lopez and O'Neal had been engaged, but it was called off in September, reports WLS. Details:

  • A witness: A person who was in a van with other patients in the parking lot witnessed the shooting, reports WGN. O'Neal "got on the phone and she was trying to call the police," the witness tells the TV station. "She asked us not to leave her alone because he is going to kill her." After the man demanded a ring back and O'Neal said she didn't have it, he began shooting her, says the witness.
  • 2 more killings: Police say Lopez fatally shot Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, in the hospital lobby and then first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less, 25. Jimenez had been on the force less than two years and was married with a wife and three children, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Less was a Purdue graduate who started at the hospital in July, per the BBC. "That woman got off an elevator and was shot, why?" asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
  • Close call: During the gun battle, Lopez shot at another officer, but the bullet struck the officer's holster and lodged in his gun, reports WGN. The officer was not injured. See the amazing image here.

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