Afghanistan hospital shooting: John Gabel, Gary Gabel of Palatine killed with Chicago Dr. Jerry Umanos

Two men with Chicago-area ties, a father and son, were among those killed by an Afghan government security guard who opened fire on a group of Americans at a hospital in Kabul, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. (WLS)
April 29, 2014 6:13:26 PM PDT
John Gabel and his father, Gary, were visiting Dr. Jerry Umanos at an Afghanistan hospital when a security guard opened fire killing the three of them.

The Gabels, both of Palatine, were identified on Friday night. John's wife, also an American, was wounded in the shooting on Thursday, April 24.

The three were part of a group at The Cure International Hospital in Kabul. Dr. Umanos was a pediatrician helping Afghan children wounded in the war and training a new generation of doctors. He worked at the Lawndale Christian Health Center on Chicago's West Side for 16 years before he and his wife, Jan Schuitema, moved to Afghanistan.

John Gabel worked for Morning Star Development and ran a health clinic at Kabul University, where he taught computer science classes in his spare time.

"We have lost a great man, a great teacher, a man who was here only to serve the Afghan people," Kabul University vice chancellor Mohammad Hadi Hadayati said.

Gary Gabel was in Afghanistan to visit his son. Hadayati said he had met them at lunch the day before the shooting.

The Gabel family went the next day to Cure hospital to meet Umanos.

The Interior Ministry on Saturday identified the alleged gunman as a police officer from Kabul's District 6. He shot himself in the stomach, but hospital officials saved his life.