Statement from CHA CEO Eugene E. Jones Jr. on Mercy Hospital incident

Nov 20, 2018

Contact: Molly Sullivan 312-399-2105

Matthew Aguilar 312-523-7067

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2018): CHA can confirm that Juan Lopez, the offender in the shooting at Mercy Hospital yesterday, was employed by CHA.

This was an unthinkable act of violence. We are filled with overwhelming sadness and our hearts go out to the families of those who died, and to all affected by this horrific tragedy.


Lopez was hired at CHA in February 2018.

He was an associate program specialist who worked in the customer care center at CHA headquarters in the Loop.

All CHA employees are subject to background checks prior to being hired.

Lopez was approved for hire after undergoing the usual background checks.

There is no history of complaints about him during the course of his employment at CHA.