Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead

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Mercy hospital is the site of the latest shooting in the US.

Four people were killed Monday after a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy hospital, including the gunman, a police officer, and two hospital employees.

Mercy Hospital has named the employees who died as Tamara O’Neal, an emergency room physician, and Dayna Less, a recent Purdue University graduate.

The police officer, Samuel Jimenez, had only recently finished probationary training to become a true officer.

The Chicago Police Department posted a tweet reading in part, “His heroic actions saved countless lives. He ran toward danger. He ran towards those shots. He ran into the fire. Selflessly.”

The shooting began around 3:30 Monday when the gunman, Juan Lopez, approached a women in the parking lot of the hospital. The man began shooting after a friend tried to intervene during their argument.

The hospital released a statement on the shooting saying it was “deeply saddened by the tragedy,” and “it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in the healing space of a hospital.”

This comes after the NRA publically tweeted for “self-important” physicians to “stay in their lane” regarding the banning of semiautomatic guns causing widespread backlash and controversy, especially following this recent shooting and the death of the hospital employees.  

Eugene Gu, a surgeon famously known for once suing President Donald Trump, said in a tweet, “The NRA told doctors to stay in their lane and now there’s a shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Doctors can be patients and victims of gun violence too. We’re all in this together as human beings who just want to live and come home to our families. Enough is enough.”