CHICAGO (CBS) — As the emergency room at Mercy Hospital reopened Tuesday after gunman Juan Lopez’s rampage, those who work there have heavy hearts after losing two colleagues.
“For today, obviously, it’s like a SWAT team of grief counselors, that are going to be here all day, hitting every unit and every individual,” said Michael Davenport, the hospital’s chief medical officer.READ MORE: Community Leaders Try To Find Home For Mural Dedicated To Murdered Young Activist
“They’ll be available as long as our people need. There’s nothing more important than healing the healers.”
Davenport thanked the Chicago Police Department for their bravery and courage in protecting the hospital yesterday adding each of them are mourning the death of Officer Samuel Jimenez.
Lopez, 32, shot and killed his former fiancée, Dr. Tamara O’Neal, in the parking lot outside Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, after the two were seen arguing outside.READ MORE: Memorial Held For Beloved Barber Gunned Down On The Job In Lawndale
He fired at police officers responding to the shooting, damaging a squad car, before entering the hospital.
He shot and killed 24-year-old Dayna Less, a pharmacy resident at Mercy, as she exited an elevator.
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He was shot and killed inside the hospital. Police have said it’s unclear if he shot himself, or if he was shot by the SWAT team.