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Photos: Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting leaves 4 dead, including officer, gunman

An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a gunman killed an emergency room doctor with whom he was having a domestic relationship, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.

Woman dies at hospital, family claims she was disposed of like ‘garbage’

After a woman died inside a Memphis hospital, her family is claiming the way she was buried was unethical

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The woman’s sister just found out Friday that she was buried last month – without the family’s permission. 

Eartha Duncan said her family’s only wish for the holidays is to give her sister – Rowena Burton, 63 – a proper burial. 

“My sister had a family. She had a mother, and you just dispose of her like she garbage,” Duncan said.

She said it started in August, when Burton had foot surgery at Methodist South for poor circulation.

Duncan said the doctor hit an artery, and her sister bled out.

Burton suffered a stroke after she was transferred to Methodist University Hospital, and she died on Aug. 29. 

Duncan told FOX13 that is when her mother requested an autopsy. Family said they finally received a copy of the autopsy after weeks of requests, but they never got a copy of the death certificate.

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Methodist University and the Shelby County Health Department gave her family "the runaround" when asked about the remains, she said. 

After several weeks, Duncan said the hospital finally told them that the woman's remains were taken to Shelby County Cemetery in Bartlett.

FOX13 spoke with the owner of the cemetery, who said the hospital told him to pick up the remains. He buried Burton's remains on Oct. 31. 

Duncan showed her phone records and paperwork to FOX13 that shows the family went through the “proper channels” when attempting to bury the woman. 

“Now we can’t,” Duncan said. “I want them to exhume that body, so we can have a proper burial for my sister – that’s not what we wanted at all.”

The health department told FOX13 that it does not have that woman’s name on record.

FOX13 reached out to Methodist regarding the incident.

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Hospital officials released the following statement: 

"We understand that it is extremely hard to lose a loved one, and that’s why we follow specific procedures to help us honor patients’ and their families’ wishes. This includes reaching out to the family contact listed on a patient’s medical chart to confirm their wishes. After multiple attempts to make contact, if we are unable to reach the designated family member, we notify Shelby County for burial."

Boy, 11, slips through airport security, nearly boards plane without ticket

The Transportation Security Administration has confirmed that an 11-year-old boy got through a security checkpoint at Atlanta’s airport without having a boarding pass or ticket.

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The child went through the main security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and was screened, according to WSB-TV. 

Officials said the boy then tried to board a flight by blending in with a family. The boy was caught when the family said he wasn't with them. 

“How is that even possible?” traveler Empress Love told Jones. “He should have never been able to get past the security. From right there they should have stopped him.

The incident happened Friday afternoon. TSA representative Sari Koshetz said the child didn't have to show identification at the security checkpoint because he is a minor.

Koshetz had no comment when asked about the fact the boy didn't have a boarding pass. She said after he was screened an officer asked the boy where his parents were. That's when the child got away.

“It's hard to understand how something like that could happen,” one woman, who asked not to be identified, said. 

The boy got to a gate where he tried to blend in with a family and board a plane. When the family said they didn't know him, he took off before officers eventually found him.

The boy's mother refused to comment about the incident. When WSB told her they were to figure out how this happened she responded.

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“OK, well you should be at the airport asking them how that happened,” the boy’s mother said. 

The TSA isn't saying much about the incident.

“I can't understand how he would have gotten past the security piece because you have to show them your ticket and your ID,” a traveler said. 

The TSA said the incident wasn't a breach of security since agents screened the child.

The child is back home with his mother. WSB reported he took a bus to the airport and indicated he just wanted to get away.

Chicago Mercy Hospital Shooting: 4 dead, including police officer, gunman

A Chicago police officer and two hospital employees, including an emergency room doctor, were killed Monday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on the city’s South Side, authorities said.

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The gunman was also shot and killed by police after officers responded to the scene just before 3:30 p.m. CST.

The victims were identified as Officer Samuel Jimenez, Dr. Tamara E. O’Neal and a woman, who worked as a pharmaceutical assistant at the hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during a press conference Monday night.

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“This tears at the soul of our city,” a visibly shaken Emanuel said. 

“It’s the face and consequence of evil.”

The shooting started in a parking lot outside the hospital after a “domestic dispute” between the gunman and O’Neal, who had broken off an engagement with the suspect in September, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Jackson.

After shooting O’Neal, the gunman continued his rampage, running into the hospital and randomly shooting others in his path, Jackson said.

The gunman was killed after an exchange of gunfire with police, but it’s unclear if he was killed by officers or if he took his own life.

Update 10:05 p.m. EST Nov. 19: The Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty Monday during a hospital shooting rampage had been with the force less than two years, authorities said.

Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, was a married father of three, who did not have to respond to the deadly shooting at Mercy Hospital, according to Police Superintendent Eddie Jackson, because it was out of his district, but he did and it cost him his life.

“He was the real police. He wasn’t in it just for the paycheck,” an officer who worked with him told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Update 9:10 p.m. EST Nov. 19: Chicago police have identified the officer who was shot and killed at Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon while responding to an active gunman.

“It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a social media post.

Police also confirmed during a press conference Monday night that a doctor at Mercy Hospital and another employee were fatally shot.

Update 8:45 p.m. EST Nov. 19: The Chicago police officer critically injured in a shooting at Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon has died, according to The Associated Press.

The officer was shot while responding to an active gunman at the hospital.

Update 8:05 p.m. EST Nov. 19: A doctor reporting to work Monday at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital was reportedly the first person shot in the parking lot before the gunman made his way inside.

She has been identified by WLS-TV as Dr. Tamara E. O’Neal, a doctor of emergency medicine at Mercy, who was shot by her former fiance before he continued shooting inside the hospital.

Update 7:55 p.m. EST Nov. 19: While one police officer was critically injured in a shooting Monday afternoon at Mercy Hospital, another is crediting his gun and holster for saving his life.

The CPD officer showed TV station WLS his holster where a bullet smashed through the container, but did not penetrate, and his gun with a bullet embedded in it.

Update 7:30 p.m. EST Nov. 19: Witness are recounting horrifying descriptions of the shooting Monday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

James Gray told the Chicago Tribune that he was coming out of a clinic area at the hospital when he saw the gunman, who was dressed in a black hat and coat, walking and talking with a woman outside the hospital before shooting her three times in the chest. Gray then said the man stood over the woman and shot her three more times after she was on the ground. He told the Tribune that a police car came upon the scene and the gunman started shooting at officers.

“It was chaos,” said Gray. “It was just mass chaos.”

The gunman went inside the hospital and Gray said it looked like he was just randomly shooting at people.

“And then I ran into the X-ray department and locked the door behind us,” he told the newspaper.

“I thought it was unbelievable,” said Gray. “It’s like a movie scene. Nothing like that ever happened to me before.”

Update 7:00 p.m. EST Nov. 19: Witnesses to the shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago describe a terrifying incident as a well-armed gunman opened fire, striking several people outside the hospital, including a police officer, before making his way inside the facility.

“It scared everybody,” Steve White, a patient at the hospital, told WBBM-TV.

White, who was being treated for dehydration, described a chaotic scene as people inside the hospital heard shots coming from the parking lot, before the gunman entered the facility through the main entrance, WBBM reported.

“I have never seen nothing like this in my life,” White said. “This is crazy”

Two of the victims were women, according to WLS-TV. One was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition. The other was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital, also in extremely critical condition, the TV station reported.

One of the women was a doctor at Mercy Hospital reporting to work when she was shot in the parking lot by her former fiancé.

Update 6:30 p.m. EST Nov. 19: One of the shooting victims was a doctor reporting for her shift at work, according to WLS-TV, and was shot by her former fiance.

Update 6:07 p.m. EST Nov. 19: The suspected gunman in the shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital was killed and four people were critically injured, according to the Associated Press, after the unidentified shooter opened fire Monday afternoon.

Witness James Gray told Chicago television station WLS-TV that he saw multiple people shot.

"It looked like he was turning and shooting people at random,” Gray said.

Update 6:05 p.m. EST Nov. 19: Witnesses described a terrifying ordeal after at least one gunman opened fire at  Chicago’s Mercy Hospital.

Hospital employee Erix Horton told the Chicago Tribune that he was outside smoking a cigarette when he heard the shooting unfold.

“I was checking out, getting ready to leave,” Horton said. “One of the nurses ran back here and it was like she was about to collapse and said (a staff member had) been shot. And she’s like, ‘Call the police. We have an active shooter.’ And that¹s when everybody took cover. They got on the PA, letting everybody know."

Horton told the Tribune he took cover in a break room with others until police rescued them.

He said an emergency crew had just brought in a patient and had to take cover, too.

He said he heard someone firing eight to nine shots in the hallway outside the break room.

"We had to duck,” he said.

Employees at the hospital were eventually loaded on to buses and taken to safety.

Update 5:45 p.m. EST Nov. 19: At least two people were killed in a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon, according to WLS-TV. 

At least one witness told reporters there was more than one shooter at the hospital and that shots were fired into a lab at the facility.

Update: 5:35 p.m. EST Nov. 19: Chicago police confirmed at least one shooter was shot.

People at the hospital when the shooting unfolded described hearing multiple shots and hiding inside hospital rooms.

Update 5:20 p.m. EST Nov. 19: The Chicago police officer shot during the shooting at Mercy Hospital is in critical condition, according to WLS-TV.

It’s still unclear exactly how many other people were injured or killed.

Original report: Authorities contained the shooter, according to a number of media outlets, and are now searching the hospital.

There’s no report, yet, on how many victims may be involved.

Roads around the medical center have been shutdown as the investigation continues.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just before 3:30 p.m. Monday on “reports of multiple victims,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Hospital employees were evacuated in buses, WBBM reported.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Rapper Snoop Dogg gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rapper Snoop Dogg was honored with the 2,651st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, KTLA reported.

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Born Calvin Broadus Jr., Snoop Dogg has sold more than 40 million albums since “Doggystyle,” his 1993 debut album. He has also been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards. 

"I want to thank me for believing in me; I want to thank me for doing all this hard work,” the rapper, actor and entrepreneur said during Monday’s ceremony. “I want to thank me for having no days off; I want to thank me for never quitting.

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“I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive; I want to thank me for doing more right than wrong; I want to thank me for being me at all times.”

Snoop Dogg's musical hits include "Gin & Juice," "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," "Next Episode," Drop It Like It's Hot" and Beautiful."

Finns respond with rakish commentary over Trump's comments

People in Finland are raking President Donald Trump over the coals after his comments that the Scandinavian people regularly rake their country’ forests to prevent fire, Time reported.

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Trump praised what he called Finland’s method for preventing catastrophic wildfires while he was viewing areas in California devastated by the worst fires in state history, the magazine reported.

Trump, after speaking with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, said the Finns spend “a lot of time on raking and cleaning,’’ the BBC reported.

Trump reiterated his claim that poor forest management was to blame for the California wildfires, the BBC reported.

"You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it's a whole different story," Trump said. "I was with the president of Finland, and he said: 'We have a much different (sic) … We're a forest nation.' And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem.”

Niinisto told a Finnish daily he could not remember talking about raking when the two met, the BBC reported.

Finland is an environmentally conscious country, but its citizens do not rake their forests to stop fires, The New York Times reported. Instead, officials rely on an early warning system, aerial surveillance and forest roads to keep wildfires in check, the newspaper reported.

Trump’s comments opened the gate for comments on social media, and people in Finland went outside in large numbers to rake leaves while mocking the president.

See some of the jokes tagged with the hashtags “”#RakeNews,” “rake America great again,” and “#Haravointi,” Time reported.

Oklahoma man fatally shoots uncle with bow and arrow 

A 33-year-old Oklahoma man is accused of fatally shooting his uncle with a compound bow and arrow Sunday night, KHBS reported.

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Joshua Dean Wade, of Poteau, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, the television station reported.

According to police, Wade rang the doorbell twice to the Poteau apartment of Buddy Wade, 54.

According to Poteau assistant police chief Greg Russell, Joshua Wade hid around a corner, and fatally shot his uncle in the chest when the older man stepped onto the porch, KHBS reported.

Buddy Wade died from his injuries, the television station reported.

Florida man accused of stabbing brother in head with chef's knife

An 18-year-old Florida man is accused of stabbing his brother in the head with a chef’s knife after an argument Friday morning, TCPalm reported Monday.

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Nicholas Baio, of Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery on a person using a deadly weapon, the website reported. 

The knife wound caused a deep cut, police said.

When police arrived at the home about 7:45 a.m. Friday, Baio’s brother was bleeding from the back of his head, TCPalm reported. According to police, Baio said he was tired of being verbally bullied by his brother.

Baio was taken to the St. Lucie County Jail and was released on $10,000 bond Monday, TCPalm reported.

Man stung by stingray dies off Tasmania coast

A 42-year old man died from cardiac arrest Saturday off the coast of Tasmania, apparently after being stung by a stingray, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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The man was swimming east of Hobart, the television station reported. Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, the BBC reported.

While stingrays are not considered dangerous and attacks are rare, one killed Australian conservationist and television star Steve Irwin in 2006, according to the BBC.

The victim, who was not named, “was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services,” The Guardian reported, citing a statement from Tasmanian police. “It was reported he was unaccompanied in the water at the time of sustaining a puncture wound to his lower abdomen.” 

The Australian Museum lists the smooth stingray species as "not aggressive and is often observed by divers," the ABC reported.

"It usually has one venomous spine (the sting) halfway along the tail which is capable of inflicting severe or potentially fatal wounds. This species is sometimes observed raising its tail above its back like a scorpion," the network reported, citing the museum’s website.

'Bus driver from heaven' helps save children in California wildfire

A bus driver is being regarded as a hero after he saved 22 elementary students as the Camp Fire burned across Paradise, California.

CNN reported bus driver Kevin McKay spoke with Ponderosa Elementary School principal Ed Gregorio about evacuating students whose family hadn’t made it to the school.

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McKay, 41, was on the bus with the school children, kindergarten teacher Abbie Davis, 29, and second-grade teacher Mary Ludwig, 50, taking the stranded children to safety. As fires burned in pockets all around, the bus ended up in gridlock traffic, getting sideswiped by another vehicle on the way out of danger.

“It was very scary. It felt like Armageddon,” Ludwig told CNN Sunday.

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Students began to worry. Davis and Ludwig comforted them. The adults also came up with a contingency plan, pairing up the children, taking roll, getting phone numbers and reviewing emergency procedures.

“It was so crazy, and there were fires left and right everywhere you looked,” fourth-grader Charlotte Merz, 10, told CNN. “There was smoke everywhere and people trying to get out and it was, like, really hard.”

As the smoke began to fill the lungs of the students, McKay improvised.

The bus driver took off a shirt and ripped it into pieces. He and the teachers used a single water bottle to douse the pieces, handing them to the students as filters to breathe through.

Five hours later, they reached safety.

“We had the bus driver from heaven,” Ludwig said.

McKay remained humble.

“Safety is such an important part of a bus driver’s role,” McKay said, referencing training before the job. “I must’ve paid close attention.”

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