A police officer was among those wounded in the shooting on Chicagos South Side at Mercy Hospital, officials said.
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ABC7 Chicago and CBS Chicago, citing sources, reported that two people died in the shooting, including the gunman, and that two other people were wounded.
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Police searched the hospital, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. The hospital said on Twitter the shooting was over and patients were safe.
Eyewitnesses told reporters the shooting began in the parking lot before moving into a clinic area inside the hospital.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson were on their way to University of Chicago hospital, where the wounded police officer was being treated, according to local media.
Sue Jimenez, the manager of Kozys Cyclery bike shop near the hospital, said she heard multiple gunshots separated by pauses. At one point, she heard five shots in quick succession, she said, but the shooting stopped after police arrived.
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(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Chicago Police work the scene after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago. A police spokesman said the gunman was dead, but it was not immediately clear if he took his own life or was killed by police at the hospital on the citys South Side. (AP Photo/David Banks)
CHICAGO — An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor with whom he was having a domestic relationship, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.
The attacker also died Monday but it was not clear if he took his own life or was killed by police at Mercy Hospital on the citys South Side, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
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. "This just tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil."
Mercy Hospital said the staff who died were Tamara ONeal, 38, an emergency room physician who never worked on Sunday because of her religious faith, and Dayna Less, 25, a first year pharmacy resident who had recently graduated from Purdue University.
The slain officer was identified as Samuel Jimenez, 28, who joined the department in February 2017 and had recently completed his probationary period, Johnson said. Police said he was married and the father of three children.
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The chain of events that led to the shooting began with an argument in the hospital parking lot involving the gunman and ONeal, police said.
When a friend of ONeal tried to intervene, "the offender lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun," Johnson said.
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The friend ran into the hospital to call for help, and the gunfire began seconds later, with the attacker killing ONeal.
The suspect stormed Mercy Hospital yesterday after shooting dead a doctor, Tamara ONeal, outside. She is thought to have been known to him. Local media said she was his ex-fiancée.
After ONeal fell to the ground, the gunman "stood over her and shot her three more times," a witness named James Gray told reporters.
When officers arrived, the suspect fired at their squad car and then ran inside the hospital. The police gave chase.
Inside the medical centre, the gunman exchanged fire with officers and "shot a poor woman who just came off the elevator" before he was killed, Johnson said, referring to pharmaceutical assistant Less.
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"We just dont know how much damage he was prepared to do," Johnson said, adding that Less "had nothing to do with nothing."
Jennifer Eldridge was working in a hospital pharmacy when she heard three or four shots that seemed to come from outside. Within seconds, she barricaded the door, as called for in the buildings active shooter drills. Then there were six or seven more shots that sounded much closer, just outside the door.
The door jiggled, which Eldridge believed was the shooter trying to get in. Some 15 minutes later, she estimated, a SWAT team officer knocked at the door, came inside and led her away. She looked down and saw blood on the floor but no bodies.
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Maria Correa hid under a desk, clutching her 4-month-old son, Angel, while the violence unfolded. Correa was in the waiting area of the hospital for her mother-in-laws doctor appointment when a hospital employee told them to lock themselves in offices.
She lost track of how many shots she heard while under the desk "trying to protect her son" for 10 to 15 minutes.
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The death of Jimenez comes nine months after another member of the Chicago Police Department, Cmdr. Paul Bauer, was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district.
Mercy has a rich history as the citys first chartered hospital. It began in 1852, when the Sisters of Mercy religious group converted a rooming house. During the Civil War, the hospital treated both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war, according to its website.
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Chicago Police work the scene after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)