Chicago Hospital Shooting: Police Officer, 2 Employees, and Gunman Dead
A Chicago police officer and two others were killed when a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital on Monday.
Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, identified the slain officer as Officer Samuel Jimenez.
“It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident. Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPolice Department.”
Chicago police told reporters that Jimenez was married with three children.
According to available information, the shooting on the city’s South Side happened at around 3:30 p.m. Authorities say that the suspected gunman and a female employee of the hospital got in an argument in the parking lot. Police believe that the two were in a relationship. When a third hospital employee tried to intervene, the suspect revealed that he was armed with a handgun. The intervening employee then rushed inside the hospital to call 911. A few seconds later the second call was made to police to report gunfire. When police arrived, the suspect began firing at the officers and went inside the hospital.
Once inside, the gunman and the officers exchanged gunfire for several minutes. A female employee was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were the other victims.
Guglielmi said the gunman was killed, but whether he took his life or was killed by police is yet to be determined. In a later tweet, he called it a "domestic-related active shooter."
The shooter is yet to be identified.
Witness Hector Avitia told CBS Chicago that he was inside the hospital waiting for test results for his wife when he saw a gunman outside in the parking lot fire on someone on the ground multiple times.
Avitia said when police arrived on the scene in an SUV, the gunman fired at them. He said he saw the gunman reload, fire again at the person on the ground and then go inside the hospital where more shots were fired.
He said the gunman was carrying a handgun with multiple clips.
Describing the shooter, another witness Steve White said, “He was like, he didn't care about nobody, or nothing.”
"You see stuff like this on TV, but to see someone so coldhearted,” White said. “It was like he had no remorse.”