Emanuel, Johnson Praise Cops For Engaging Active Shooter At Mercy

Bob Roberts
November 20, 2018 - 5:32 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson are praising the response of police officers to Monday's Mercy Hospital shootings and ask what it will take to license dealers and keep guns from people with mental health issues.

Johnson said the response was something you don't learn from textbooks, but said it comes at a price.


"This job takes a toll on you," Johnson said.

The superintendent said the first shooting victim, Tamara O'Neal, placed the first 9-1-1 call from the Mercy Hospital parking lot moments before gunman Juan Lopez opened fire.

When the first squad car arrived, a minute later, Lopez fired and then ran into the hospital where he shot pharmacy resident Dayna Less. His gunfight with police spilled back outside before he again entered the hospital, Johnson said.

Lopez sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Johnson and Emanuel called responding officers heroes and said licensing of gun dealers is both needed and wanted by Chicagoans. 

Johnson also said there is only so much police can do.

“This job is not easy. We’re expected to solve 10 years of dysfunction in a family in 20 minutes. They couldn’t solve it in 10 years. What makes you think we can solve it in 20 minutes?

“The answer is we can’t.”