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Published On: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2018

Police: Juan Lopez fired 40 rounds during mass killing of Dr Tamara O’Neal, Dayna Less and police Officer Samuel Jimenez

Authorities disclosed Wednesday that Juan Lopez was carrying “multiple magazines” for his 9 mm Glock 17 handgun during the Monday afternoon shooting at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.

Juan Lopez

According to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi first killed his ex-fiancee, Dr. Tamara O’Neal, outside the hospital before going into the building where he fatally shot pharmacist Dayna Less and police Officer Samuel Jimenez.

About 40 bullet casings from Lopez’s Glock were scattered throughout the crime scene, Guglielmi said.

Lopez died in a shootout with a SWAT officer, who fired four or five shots with a carbine rifle, striking Lopez in the abdomen. Lopez then shot himself.

The SWAT officer’s team arrived to the hospital within two or three minutes of the shooting because they were already in the area, Guglielmi said.

“They were swift. They were precise. Unfortunately, we wish we could have saved everybody’s life,” he said of the Police Department’s efforts. “But we feel that having those officers there and their training really helped.”

O’Neal Lopez were engaged until late September when she called it off, her father, Tom O’Neal, said in a phone interview Tuesday. The two were set to marry in October.

Her father recounted that a day before the shooting, Tammy attended church services with Lopez and her family in Indiana, where she was from. He said that Lopez couldn’t accept the relationship was over.

“I just thank God for the 38 years we had with her. I was thinking we’d have a lot longer,” the father said. “We were expecting being grandparents, spoiling the grandchildren.”

Ald. Roberto Maldonado said Wednesday that Lopez previously worked as a summer intern at his Northwest Side office.

“He had a very, very pleasant personality,” Maldonado said, noting that his internship lasted for about eight weeks in either 2016 or 2017.

Lopez was dismissed from the city’s fire academy in 2014 after “bullying” issues.

Authorities said Lopez legally purchased the Glock 17 handgun in 2012 at Shore Galleries, a gun shop in north suburban Lincolnwood. Lopez, who held a valid firearm owner’s identification card and concealed carry license, had also made lawful purchases on about three or four other guns.

Less was a first-year pharmacy resident training to be a pharmacist, the hospital said. She recently graduated from Purdue University and joined the hospital staff in July. She was shot and killed as she exited an elevator when Lopez stormed into the building.

 

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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