Chicago hospital shooting leaves 4 dead, including police officer and gunman

“One possible offender” had been shot. (AP)
Updated 20 November 2018

Chicago hospital shooting leaves 4 dead, including police officer and gunman

  • Officer dies of injuries in Chicago hospital shooting
  • One dead in Denver shooting

CHICAGO: A gunman shot a doctor to death outside a Chicago hospital on Monday before storming the facility and killing a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer during an exchange of gunfire and dying in the rampage, officials said.
The shooter knew the doctor he shot outside Mercy Hospital, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference, describing that initial killing as an act of domestic violence.
The gunman was the ex-fiance of the doctor, Chicago media outlets reported, with one witness saying he demanded a ring back.
The shooting sent doctors and patients streaming out of the facility, some with their hands up as heavily armed police officers sought to secure the hospital.
“The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters.
“This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and consequence of evil,” Emanuel said.
The gunman, after killing the doctor, fired at arriving police officers with a single handgun, Johnson said.
The gunman, whose name has not been released, then burst into the hospital. Officers followed him inside and exchanged gunfire with him for several minutes, Johnson said.
Officer Samuel Jimenez, who joined the Chicago police force last year, died during the gun fight, officials said. The 28-year-old was married with children and the second Chicago officer killed in the line of duty this year.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that all of those officers who responded were heroes and they saved a lot of lives, because we just don’t know how much damage he (the gunman) was prepared to do,” Johnson said.
In a sign of the random nature of the rampage, the pharmacy assistant shot by the gunman just happened to be getting off an elevator, Johnson said. Her name has not been released.
Local media identified the doctor killed outside the hospital as Tamara O’Neal.
The gunman also died but it was not immediately clear if he shot himself or was struck by a police officer’s bullet, Johnson said.
Another officer was spared injury when a bullet lodged itself in his holster.
In Denver, another shooting left one person dead and three others wounded on Monday. At least one suspect remained at large after the shooting on a downtown street corner.

 


Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

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Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

SKALA, Greece: Greece’s eastern islands are struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers that has undermined efforts to ease severe overcrowding at refugee camps.
The number of people reaching Lesbos, Samos and other Greeks islands in the eastern Aegean Sea is the highest since the European Union reached a 6 billion-euro agreement in 2016 to prevent migrants from leaving the coast of Turkey and heading to the EU.
The surge started before Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, but there are concerns that it could grow much bigger. Since the offensive began last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to quell European criticism by warning that he could “open the gates” and send more than 3 million Syrian refugees to Europe.
Dinghies carrying migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are reaching the islands despite enhanced coast guard patrolling in recent weeks supported by the Greek military.
This is exacerbating problems at crowded refugee camps. A deadly fire at the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos on Sept. 29 triggered riots at the site, which is at 400% capacity.
The Greek government promised to accelerate transfers to the mainland and expand the network of camps there. But those transfers have so far been outnumbered by new arrivals on the islands.
Human rights group Amnesty International has described Moria as “overcrowded and unsafe” and urged other European Union countries to help Greece settle asylum-seekers.
Authorities fear that if the arrival numbers remain high through October, a winter crisis will be difficult to avoid.
Greece’s new conservative government says it also plans to detain migrants without the right to request asylum and wants to resume deportations back to Turkey under terms detailed in the 2016 EU-Turkey deal.