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

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A man showed up to Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon and opened fire on a woman believed to be his former fiancee before turning the gun on others, killing four people, including a police officer and the gunman himself.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said there was an argument in the auto park between Lopez and Dr O'Neal at around 3.30pm yesterday.

"The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love", Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters.

'This tears at the soul of our city. "It is the face and outcome of evil", Emanuel said.

Local media identified the doctor killed outside the hospital as Tamara O'Neal.

The officer who was killed is the second Chicago officer shot in the line of duty this year. Jimenez was married and the father of three children.

There were reports of "multiple victims" including a wounded officer in "critical condition".

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As a squad auto pulled up, Lopez turned his Glock semi-automatic handgun on police, striking the vehicle multiple times before he ran into the hospital.

"And once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times", he said, adding that the shooting played out "like a movie scene". Gunfire erupted and the shooter ran inside the hospital, where police confronted him. The police gave chase.

Chicago police said officers were searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one "possible offender" had been shot.

The gunman opened fire on his ex-partner, 38-year-old Dr Tamara O'Neal, in the auto park outside before entering the hospital and shooting dead a newly-graduated pharmacist, 25-year-old Dayna Less. More often than not, mass shootings happen in the home, behind closed doors, and fail to make headlines. She looked down and saw blood on the floor but no bodies. He said she was devoted to her church and "never worked on Sundays".

Dr Patrick Connor, director of the hospital's emergency department, said she had been "dedicated to caring for her community - a wonderful individual".

Jimenez and his partner were en route to another call when they heard the gunshots and ran towards the sound, Johnson said. She and the other technicians locked themselves up until police got them out, she said.

The death of Mr Jimenez comes nine months after another member of the Chicago Police Department, Commander Paul Bauer, was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district. Mercy Hospital tweeted later that the incident was over and that all patients were safe.

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