Holstered gun stops bullet fired at officer during deadly Chicago hospital shooting

Holstered gun stops bullet fired at officer during deadly Chicago hospital shooting

Holstered gun stops bullet fired at officer during deadly Chicago hospital shooting

Lopez disappeared from duty during a "discipline process" related to "issues dealing with bullying", Merritt said, adding he could not provide further details.

Moments before her ex-fiance fatally shot her in the parking lot of the hospital where she worked, a Chicago doctor called 911 to report that she had spotted the man and feared for her life. It's not clear which caused his death.

However, police say the suspected gunman was in a firefight with a SWAT team member before he was killed.

Chicago "lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, fighting back tears. The two were set to marry in October. One witness said Lopez was harassing Dr O'Neal before the attack. Her father, Brian Less, said she started dating her fiancé at 15-years-old.

Johnson said he believed a 9mm handgun was used by Lopez. I'm so grateful to God, my family and my EM mentors. "And we need to be sensitive and inquire", Dr. Cobbs said. "We were expecting being grandparents, spoiling the grandchildren".

Tamara O'Neal, a 38-year-old an emergency medicine physician grew up in Portage, IN, a city that's almost 11 miles west of Gary.

Guglielmi says Lopez was carrying one gun that he'd reloaded to continue firing.

Responding police officers pursued the gunman into the hospital, exchanging gunfire with him for several minutes.

When a police auto arrived, Lopez turned his gun on the officers, striking the vehicle multiple times.

The other victim, Dayna Less, 25, was a first-year pharmacy resident who recently graduated from Purdue University, whose flagship campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Officer Samuel Jimenez, who joined the Chicago police a year ago, died during the gunfight, officials said.

Jimenez, 28, joined the department in February 2017.

Patrolman Jimenez had completed his probationary period as a Chicago officer in August.

Jimenez and his partner went to the hospital when they heard dispatch traffic about the shooting. The gunshots killed a police officer and a pharmacy resident, authorities said.

The second woman was shot as she got off an elevator and reportedly had nothing to do with the tragic incident. She had no connection to the gunman. "She was always in good spirits", said Turrell. She said she suffered a headache disorder as a teenager and underwent a series of successful surgeries.

"Tamara was a very passionate person who wore her emotions on her sleeve", Purakal told The Associated Press. She was good at her job because it helped others.

The hospital's emergency room department reopened Tuesday afternoon, and the facility was "functioning at near capacity", said Dr. Michael Davenport, the chief medical officer.

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