Authorities on Tuesday identified the jilted lover who killed his ex-fiancée and two others, including a police officer, at a Chicago hospital.
Juan Lopez, 32, stormed the Mercy Hospital campus to confront 38-year-old Dr. Tamera O’Neal in the parking lot around 3:30 p.m. Monday, police said. The confrontation was apparently over their “broken engagement,” the Chicago Tribune reported, citing sources.
When a friend of O’Neal’s tried to intervene, “the offender lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
The pal ran into the hospital to call for help and the shooting began moments later.
Witnesses said the gunman shot the doctor, causing her to fall to the ground. Then the shooter “stood over her and shot her three more times,” one witness, James Gray, told reporters.
Officer Samuel Jimenez, a married father of three children, was shot in the lobby of the hospital when he responded to the incident with his partner.
“When they pulled up, they heard the gunshots, and they did what heroic officers always do — they ran toward that gunfire,” Johnson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “So they weren’t assigned to that particular call, but they went because that’s what we do.”
During the exchange of gunfire, a squad car was struck and a bullet became lodged in the gun of another officer.
The third victim, first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less, 25, who had recently graduated from Purdue University, was shot and killed after she had just come off an elevator.
Lopez was found dead inside the hospital with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, but it remained unclear how he was shot, according to the news outlet.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday as he fought back tears that the city “lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved.”
“This just tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil,” the mayor said.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lopez had a concealed carry license.
O’Neal, the alleged shooter’s ex, had graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2016 and worked as a resident at Mercy for two years, the news outlet reported.
The victim also led her church choir and was adamant about attending Sunday Mass.
“That was her one thing she wanted … to be able to go to church on Sunday,” Emergency Department director Patrick Connor said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In a tweet early Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department paid tribute to the fallen officer.
“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 tweet read. “Samuel Jimenez: altruism personified.”
With Post wires
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