Suit: Mercy Hospital Security Failed To Protect Slain Resident

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The family of the 24-year-old pharmacy resident killed a year ago in Mercy Hospital is suing the hospital, saying she died because of a lack of security.

The first shots were fired outside Mercy Hospital on Nov. 19, 2018, and attorney Matthew Piers, who represents the family of pharmacy resident Dayna Less, said those shots were in full view of security cameras and witnesses.

Minutes passed. The shooter killed his ex-fiancee, Dr. Tamara O'Neal.

"The police arrived. He shot at the police. He ran out of bullets. He reloaded his gun and walked back into the hospital,” Piers said.

"All this was observed, all this took several minutes. And if the hospital had simply locked the door, he never would have been able to enter, he never would've been able to encounter Dayna Less, he never would've been able to kill her."

Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was also killed, as was the gunman who went on the rampage.

A spokesperson says Mercy Hospital extends sympathy to Less's family but cannot comment on pending litigation.

The family is also suing Mercy Hospital's security firm and the estate of the gunman.