Illinois

The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Illinois. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.

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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Juan Lopez  SUICIDE

Date: November 19, 2018
People Killed: 4 (including shooter)
Law Enforcement Officers Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On November 19, 2018, concealed handgun permit holder Juan Lopez, 32, shot and killed his ex-fiancee Dr. Tamara O’Neal, 38, pharmacy resident Dayna Less, 24, and Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, with a Glock 9mm pistol at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. Lopez and Dr. O’Neal, who had recently broken off their engagement, argued in the parking lot of the hospital before Lopez shot and killed Dr. O’Neal. Lopez then shot and killed Less as she stepped off an elevator inside the hospital. Officer Jimenez was shot in the neck during a gun battle with Lopez inside the hospital. Lopez was shot in the abdomen during the gun battle with police before shooting himself in the head. He died at the scene. Lopez obtained a concealed carry permit in 2016. In 2014, his ex-wife obtained an order of protection against him, alleging threats of violence with a gun against her, a neighbor, and a realtor, and alleging that he slept with a pistol under his pillow. Nearly five years prior to the shooting, Lopez threatened to shoot up the Chicago Fire Department Academy and was fired for failing to show up at work while facing allegations of “improper conduct” toward women.

Source: “Mercy Hospital Chicago shooting: Illinois State Police investigating Mercy Hospital shooter’s gun permits,” abc7chicago.com, November 21, 2018; “Gunman who went on rampage at Mercy Hospital had troubled history, particularly with women,” Chicago Tribune, November 20, 2018.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Darnell Hurt  PENDING

Date: August 8, 2018
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On August 8, 2018, concealed handgun permit holder Darnell Hurt, 29, allegedly shot and killed Lee Labriel, 32. On the night of the shooting, Hurt had tried to contact his wife several times without success, so he tracked her cellphone to locate her. Just after midnight, Hurt drove to the 5200 block of South Wells where he found his wife driving with Labriel. Hurt signaled for them to pull over before cutting them off with his vehicle so they could not drive away. Hurt’s wife got out of the car and they began to argue before Hurt ordered Labriel, who was not armed, out of the car. Labriel moved from the passenger seat to the driver’s side and tried to get out of the door. Hurt then allegedly shot Labriel in the back of the head with a 45 caliber Springfield handgun. Labriel was taken to the hospital where he later died. Hurt was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Source: “CTA employee charged with fatal shooting in Fuller Park,” Chicago Sun-Times, August 10, 2018.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Ryan Zike  SUICIDE

Date: January 3, 2018
People Killed: 2 (including shooter)


Circumstances:
On January 3, 2018, concealed handgun permit holder Ryan Zike, 33, shot and killed his former girlfriend, Claire VanLandingham, 27, with a pistol before shooting himself in the head. Zike approached VanLandingham around 6:20 a.m. as she was leaving her apartment. Following a brief conversation, Zike pulled out a pistol and shot her multiple times before turning the gun on himself. A man who was waiting to pick up VanLandingham witnessed the shooting and rammed Zike with his Land Rover Discovery shortly after Zike shot himself “to avoid being shot.” An autopsy found that Zike died from his self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and that he did not suffer major trauma from being struck by the Land Rover.

Source: “Police: Man killed self after fatally shooting ex-girlfriend in Lake Forest,” chicago.suntimes.com, January 17, 2018.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: John F. Ingram  CONVICTED

Date: March 27, 2016
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On March 27, 2016, concealed handgun permit holder John F. Ingram, 21, was allegedly involved in a shooting in Carbondale, Illinois, that resulted in the death of next-door neighbor Timothy Beaty, 41. The shooting, which involved four suspects, was the result of an altercation that started inside at a party, where shots were fired, and then moved outside the house, where the gunfire continued. Beaty had not attended the party and was killed by a stray bullet. Urging a reduction in his client’s million-dollar bail, Ingram’s attorney noted that Ingram has a concealed carry permit issued in Missouri. Ingram was charged with first degree murder in the death of Beaty.

UPDATE: On May 17, 2018, John Ingram plead guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Source: “Man heads to prison for role in deadly shooting,” wsiltv.com, May 18, 2018; “Murder charges filed in musician’s death,” wjpf.com, June 20, 2016; “Updated: Third suspect in March 27 shooting turns himself in,” thesouthern.com, April 5, 2016

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Sergio Ramirez-Abeja  SUICIDE

Date: January 14, 2016
People Killed: 2 (including shooter)


Circumstances:
 On January 14, 2016, concealed handgun permit holder Sergio Ramirez-Abeja, 43, shot and killed Santiago Garcia-Mendoza, 40, before leading police on a high-speed chase and shooting himself as police were about to place him under arrest. The incident began with a dispute between Ramirez-Abeja and his daughter’s stepfather, Garcia-Mendoza. Witnesses saw Ramirez-Abeja shoot Garcia-Mendoza at least three times in the driveway of Garcia-Mendoza’s home. Ramirez-Abeja then fled the scene and was pursued by police, reaching speeds of up to 85 mph during the 40-mile high-speed chase. An officer struck Ramirez-Abeja’s car from behind, forcing him off the road. As an officer approached the vehicle he heard a gunshot, which was determined to be a lethal self-inflicted gunshot from Ramirez-Abeja.

Source: “Police say man dead after killing daughter’s stepfather, high-speed chase,” Chicago Tribune, January 14, 2016.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Richard Idrovo  SUICIDE

Date: August 14, 2015
People Killed: 2 (including shooter)


Circumstances:
On August 14, 2015, concealed handgun permit holder Richard Idrovo, 45, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Alma B. Hernandez, 44, at AmeriCash Loans where she worked, before turning the gun on himself. According to police, Idrovo entered the store around 2:30 p.m., walked to the rear of the store and shot Hernandez twice before walking back to the front of the store and shooting himself in the head.

Source: “Man Kills Ex-Girlfriend, Then Self in Loop Loan Store,” chicago.cbslocal.com, August 14, 2015; “2 people shot dead in Loop victims of murder-suicide, top cop says,” Chicago Tribune, August 14, 2015.