Around 3:30 pm, a man and a woman got into an argument in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital in Chicago and a third friend tried to intervene between their argument but sooner than later the man having an argument lifted his shirt and took out his handgun while the friend ran in fear to make a call to 911.
Police Superintendent Eddie told reporters on Monday night that “At that time our offender, the male individual, lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun,”
Few moments later a second call made to he authorities that shots had been fired in the parking lot. Police said the gunman shot and killed a woman, an employee of the hospital, who “he was in a domestic relationship with.”
In total four people were killed – the gunman, a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer were among the victims, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
The gunman hasn’t been identified yet and before the officers exited their squad car to examine the scene of crime, the gunman fired multiple rounds at them, the gunman then fled into the hospital, where he exchanged gunfire with officers.
During the gunfire another female employee was fatally shot, as was a police officer.
The officer was identified as Samuel Jimenez.
“Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPoliceDepartment,” said Anthony Guglielmi, the chief communications officer for the police department said of Jimenez.
“They did what the heroic officers always do,” Johnson said of the deceased officer and his partner. “They ran towards that gunfire.”
“They weren’t assigned to that particular call, but they went, because that’s what we do,” he added.
They are currently researching on how the gunman had died as it wasn’t clear if he shot himself or he got shot during the gunfire exchange.
Another officer was not injured but when a bullet struck his gun holster, the bullet became embedded in his firearm.
Maria Tello, a nurse at Mercy Hospital, told BuzzFeed News she heard three gunshots ring out.
“You know what to do, but you’re still in shock,” she said. “We’re putting patients in rooms and trying to lock them down. All you want to do is hide and be quiet and communicate with them.”
Tracy Lyons, who was at the hospital for a “routine radiation treatment,” said she was about to get in a car to leave when she heard five to six gunshots, and then five to six more.
“My heart is beating real fast,” Lyons said, recalling the shooting. “My heart goes out to whoever lost their lives in this tragic carnage.”
Mayor Emanuel said the first responders, officers, doctors, and nurses engaged in a “heroic effort.”
“I want to thank them, and remember them,” he said.
Johnson also said the officers “saved a lot of lives” by engaging the gunman.
“Because this guy was just shooting — that poor woman that got off an elevator, had nothing to do with nothing, and he shot her. Why?” Johnson said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that all of those officers that responded were heroes and they saved a lot of lives, because we just don’t know how much damage he was prepared to do.”
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