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Mercy Hospital shooting raises questions on who’s responsible for Chicago violence

Mercy Hospital shooting raises questions on who’s responsible for Chicago violence

The senseless shooting at Mercy Hospital claimed the lives of four, raises questions on who’s responsible for violence in Chicago.

The senseless shooting at Mercy Hospital claimed the lives of four, raises questions on who’s responsible for violence in Chicago.

On November 19th, Juan Lopez confronted ex-fiancé Dr. Tamara O’Neal at her workplace, Mercy Hospital. According to witnesses, the conversation between the estranged couple quickly escalated into a domestic situation when Lopez demanded his ring back. Lopez shot O’Neal multiple times when O’Neal claimed to not have the ring with her. Attempting to flee the scene, Lopez entered the hospital and opened fire at the Chicago police. The officers fatally shot Lopez after he released 30 rounds of gunfire. However, moments before Lopez was shot he claimed the lives of officer Samuel Jimenez and pharmacist Dayna Less.

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100 people gathered at the Federal Plaza on November 21st to observe the lives of O’Neal, Less, and Jimenez. At the vigil, mourners paid their respect by holding candles and bowing their heads in a moment of silence. Amidst the violent shooting, civil activists challenged lawmakers to prioritize funding for domestic violence shelters and prevention services, with some of them courageously sharing stories about surviving domestic abuse. Advocators also used orange yarn to symbolize gun violence.

Although Lopez was a legal firearm carrier, suspension continues to linger around the investigation. Illinois State Police officials are leery of how Lopez was able to obtain a conceal-to-carry permit with his alleged aggressive background.

Additionally, despite numerous allegations of harassment towards women, it was just revealed that Juan Lopez was nonetheless hired by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). One of the former employees of the government agency, Rhonda Barrett, has filed a lawsuit against the CHA to seek relief for the damages Lopez caused her. Check back for details.