September 16th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Police say Johns Hopkins gunman killed self, mother

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[Updated at 3:12 p.m.] The gunman in Thursday's Johns Hopkins shooting - identified as Warren Davis, 50 - shot himself and his mother, who was being treated at the hospital, Baltimore's police commissioner said.

Davis was standing outside room 873 in the Nelson building, where he was being briefed by a doctor about the condition of his mother, Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld said.

"Mr. Davis was receiving some news about the care and condition of his mother just outside the doorway to that room when he became emotionally distraught," the commissioner said.

During the conversation, Davis pulled a small, semiautomatic gun from his waistband and shot the doctor once in the lower chest/upper abdomen, he said.

Within minutes, a tactical team later entered the hospital and found Davis dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His mother had also been killed, Bealefeld said.

[Updated 2:33 p.m.] Baltimore police now say the incident at Johns Hopkins Hospital is a murder-suicide.

The gunman, who shot a doctor in the abdomen, killed himself as well as someone else. It was unclear who else was killed, but sources say the wounded doctor is expected to recover.

Some media outlets, including The Baltimore Sun, are saying that the gunman shot his mother, who was being treated at the hospital.

[Updated 2:23 p.m.] There are now conflicting reports on how the shooter at Johns Hopkins Hospital died.

Some media outlets are reporting the gunmen shot himself, but CNN has not been able to confirm the reports. Police earlier told CNN that police shot the gunman.

[Updated 2:04 p.m.] Minutes after police announced the shooter at Johns Hopkins Hospital was killed by a tactical team, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, "The situation is resolved."

SWAT team members leaving the scene told CNN the same.

The situation has now moved from a tactical operation to a crime scene, Guglielmi said.

[Updated at 1:56 p.m.] Employees at the scene of the hospital shooting tell CNN affiliate WBAL that the shooter was unhappy with how his mother was being treated and that the wounded doctor was shot during surgery.

A reporter for The Baltimore Sun told CNN earlier that he had heard similar information from his sources.

One employee, Cynell Robertson, told WBAL that the moments after the doctor was shot were frightening.

"My boss came running in to tell me to stay put where I'm at, there's a guy running around with a gun and we didn't know what he's going to do,"she told WBAL.

Police have said the shooter was killed by police, but no further information was immediately available.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m.] Police say the suspect in the Johns Hopkins Hospital shooting is dead. He was shot by police, authorities said.

[Updated at 1:40 p.m.] Baltimore police say the situation at Johns Hopkins Hospital is contained, but "we're still trying to gain control of the suspect."

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi described the suspect only as an African-American male in his 30s. He further said police have heard reports the shooter is in a room, barricaded with a family member.

Guglielmi refrained from providing information on the shooter's location because there are televisions throughout the hospital.

He said there was no risk to the general public or patients and that the FBI is on standby. He wouldn't discuss whether police were in contact with the shooter.

As for the injured doctor, Guglielmi said he suffered abdominal injuries.

"He's in surgery as we speak, but he is going to be OK," he said.

[Updated at 1:14 p.m.] Criminal profiler Pat Brown tells CNN she believes the incident at Johns Hopkins could end "better than most situations" because the shooter does not appear to be a mass murderer.

The shooter may even realize he's made a huge mistake, and he might be scared because he knows he's trapped, Brown said.

A hospital employee, who said she left the hospital shortly before noon, told CNN affiliate WBAL that her shift isn't over for several hours. She has not been told to go home and she has not been able to return to work, she said.

"I really am scared," she told the station.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m.] A statement from Johns Hopkins Hospital says the doctor who was shot is a "faculty physician" and that confidentiality policies prohibit the hospital from releasing more information.

[Updated at 12:42 p.m.] Police say they know where the Johns Hopkins suspect is and have him cornered.

However, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, there is no information on whether the shooter has hostages.

Guglielmi said tactical units are on the scene, but the emergency room remains open and the incident is contained to one floor.

He further said he has learned that the doctor's condition has been upgraded, and his injuries now do not appear life-threatening.

Justin Fenton, a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun who is across the street from the hospital, said a source tells him the shooter is upset about his mother, who is being treated at Johns Hopkins.

[Updated at 12:35 p.m.] Baltimore police say a SWAT team is on the scene as they attempt to apprehend the shooter.

[Updated at 12:29 p.m.] Baltimore police say earlier reports that a suspect was in custody in the shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital were incorrect.

Baltimore Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said authorities also have no information on a motive or the relationship between the suspect and a doctor who was critically wounded.

[Updated at 12:25 p.m.] A shooter who critically injured a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in east Baltimore, Maryland, has been "subdued and disarmed," according to a hospital spokesman.

Police reported that a doctor had been shot, and Johns Hopkins spokesman Gary Stephenson said the injured doctor had been taken to an operating room.

Earlier, local media said the suspect was hiding in a patient's room on the eighth floor of the hospital. CNN affiliate WMAR in Baltimore said the shooter had barricaded himself. It's unclear if the shooter was alone in the room.

Reports indicate the wounded doctor is in critical condition. Many people were evacuated, according to reports. Those who weren't evacuated were told via e-mail to stay in rooms at the hospital, which has about 1,000 beds. The e-mail further instructed them to keep room doors locked and to stay away from windows.

The hospital released a statement saying it had temporarily restricted access to the hospital's main buildings.

"Baltimore police and Johns Hopkins security officers are on the scene and have asked employees, visitors, patients and caregivers to stay in rooms or offices, with doors locked where possible, until further notice," the statement said.

A witness told WMAR that the shooting happened in the hospital's Nelson Building, which is near the emergency room entrance.

Local media reports indicate the shooting occurred between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

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  1. Sergio

    This sounds like the beginning of an episode of "House M.D."

    September 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      House actually did get shot. Season 2 finale. Now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure he was shot by more than one patient.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translation

      Dave: House is generally a jerk to people. No wonder someone wants to shoot him.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TGM

      Or the one from Grey's anatomy!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      I love the comment about "NRA nutjobs" ...you do realize most of the crimes committed with guns are ILLEGAL guns right? inform yourself before throwing pointless rants on here.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtysouth

      I LOVE HOUSE MD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHARON

      I cannot believe the immature and insensitive responses that are being posted. My sister is in the building and neither one of us think this is similar to a funny episode of House.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      OH MY GOD....
      House is a TV Show for Gods Sake

      September 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeeWizz

      WOW...CNN readers really are colded hearted liberals!!! It's no wonder that you folks don't get it.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      terrible town to have such a good hospital

      September 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qwerty42

      Jesse: Good Call, I'm not an NRA member yet, but now I think I'll finally go ahead and join next time the salesmen at my gunstore askes me.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      why don't they send Ray Lewis in to get him?
      maybe he was just upset about the end of our wonderful crab season that will be here in a few weeks.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      A man gets shot and some of you folks are yakking about silly TV dramas???

      September 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan The Man

      Perhaps the reason people are cracking jokes is because this kind of story has become so common, people arent even phased by it anymore. That should be the part that concerns people.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      A classic case of life imitating art.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Korra

      @GeeWiz

      Yep, only liberals make jokes. *rolls eyes*

      September 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      We can relate to this pain because we watch Television shows... Aren't we so smart?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      "I love the comment about "NRA nutjobs" ...you do realize most of the crimes committed with guns are ILLEGAL guns right? inform yourself before throwing pointless rants on here."

      Hey Gun nut-job! So, you're saying that LEGAL guns don't kill? A gun is a gun is a gun and they all have the potential to kill. Most murder suicides are done with legal guns at a brief moment of insanity. If the perpetrator didn't have access to guns, it would be much tougher to kill. You rarely read about someone going on a stabbing spree because that takes a lot more effort than pulling a trigger.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • netball

      This is real boy. A man has dared to harm his mother. He'll rot in He**.

      September 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phil from MD

    a shooting in baltimore? no way!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • FelipeBR

      They will find a few more bodies, just tell to look for them in the morgue.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lrltree

      @Phil from MD and @PhillipeBR you are inconsiderate. Some of us have family that works at JHH and it is horrible to think that a place where people go to be treated would see such a crime. Despite the fact that it is in Baltimore. And because of it does that make it okay or does that make the doctors and nurses giving of their time and lives less worthy to work in a safe place. You need to keep your negative thoughts to yourself. People's lives are STILL in the balance.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • FelipeBR

      @Lrltree, relax, the guy is dead now.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erasableblip

    Look where Johns Hopkins Hospital IS ! !

    September 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      and your POINT IS!!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Baltimore Maryland. Home of the Orioles, right? Oh, are you being racist? Sorry, took me a sec...

      September 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I worked at Hopkins for 9 years, and NEVER had a problem with the location. It's a world renowned Hospital, period.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ALee

      When my brother was a cancer patient there, the nurses BEGGED my dad not to walk down the street to get my brother something to eat. The location is in the middle of the projects and is NOT a good one. This specific crime is likely not related to typical baltimore shootings, but it sure as heck doesn't mean there is nothing wrong with the hospital's location.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MDBaby2012

      J. Hopkins is NOT in the middle of the projects. It is on the east side of Baltimore. While the surrounding area may be rough, the Hopkins complex is HUGE, and unless your father walked several ( and I mean quite a few) to get out of it, chances are that he would still be within the Hopkins area, which is surrounded by police booths, 24/7 security, and other measures.

      This was a freak incident that could have happened ANYWHERE, not just in Baltimore. Whatever, people on here are rediculous and uninformed.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt. NoDuh

      When did it move to Waco Texas?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna Counslorr

      This has nothing to do with the location. It has to do with the mental health of the shooter.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig

    I have a friend there right now! The place is on lockdown!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Researchers at Johns Hopkins find that shootings and hostage situations are directly linked to lockdowns and evacuations

      September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamin0

      Does your friend know the name of the Dr. that was shot?

      September 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translation

      Good news! 99.999% of people at the hospital will be fine.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Since 99.999% or ok, you are saying 1 doctor was shot, so the other 99,999 people will be ok. Some how I doubt that 100k people work at or are patients at the hospital. Perhap 99.95% might be a better guess (or 2k people).

      September 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. amyo

    real nice comments guys. this isnt TV- these are actual people in danger

    September 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Did you even read the article, they said they have the shooter.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Don't give dumb @$$ attention seekers any more attention they deserve by responding to their petty attempts at shock. You can help depression – you can't help people with social disorders.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translation

      TV, real life, what's the difference when TV shows use themes that are "ripped from the headlines?"

      September 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Amen to AMYO.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • gg

      Hey Pat Did you read it? Updated at 12:42 p.m.] Police say they know where the Johns Hopkins suspect is and have him cornered.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Well GG, to answer your stupidity, you could just look at the time stamp on my comment, then look at the time stamp on the update and tell that that wasn't on the article...but thanks for trying.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lrltree

      @ Pat they DO NOT have the shooter.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drea

    Sounds like the movie John Q. I hope the doctor survives and nobody else gets injured. wow

    September 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joy

    I am shocked!! (not)

    September 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Futon Torpedo

    @Christina..... Really?

    September 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cm

    Sick people in this world

    September 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. josh

    Wow look at whats coming of people... He probably had a loved one there and something went wrong... Look crazies... Mistakes happen... Hope everyone comes out ok

    September 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    I hope whoever was hit makes it through this. Hospitals are very unsecure.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Hospitals are NOT supposed to be fortresses. They're medical care facilities.
      Or should everyone going into the hospital, especially the emergency department, go through a TSA type of screening?
      THAT would kill thousands per year, delay of treatment and all.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-more special

      Wzrd1, here at Hopkins, we do have guards and detectors at all public entrances and non-patient areas are controlled by swipe or code access. Weapons are definitely bad but the overwhelming problem at Hopkins (and many large, urban academic centers) is the enormous flow of stolen laptops (and data on them) as well as medical supplies. Guards are supposed to screen people more on the way OUT to catch stolen goods. There are many professional thieves who live closeby and "visit" the hospital frequently to steal. So yes, the hospital does have to be a fortress to protect its staff and equipment from people. When visitors try to squeeze into a controlled-access elevator or corridor, staff should say "no" and redirect the person. Being nice and letting inappropriate people in doesn't do anyone any good. Screening people doesn't kill anyone anyway. It takes a few minutes.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    It's the new health care plan..it's driving people mad!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      The tea party people who are mad and dangerous need to get locked up so the rest of us can live in a civilized world.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yeah, having healthcare is FAR worse than having NO healthcare coverage!
      That's why we, the allegedly most advanced nation in the world has DOUBLE the infant mortality rate of the industrialized nations of the world.
      That's why we pay 2.5 TIMES per capita on healthcare over nations WITH universal healthcare.
      Yep, even the middle east is more advanced than us in medicine, when looking at the statistics.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • markglicken

      How did the Tea Party get in the middle of this?

      September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      It's probably a GOP member that is frustrated and exercises his God-given right to bear arms and flash his NRA membership card. Then he realizes it's the Tea Party that's costing him votes, the november elections and the 2012 White House... HAHAHAHA

      September 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sdt

    unfortunate that someone felt that shooting someone was the only option...working at a large academic medical center- life's difficulties are sometimes magnified.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      Well, Canada has more guns per capita than the US but far less rate of murder and or 'people going postal' than the US (per capita). Something about Free Mental Health care, apparently you're less likely to kill people if you can talk to a professional about things and seek help before things drive you crazy and innocent people are hurt. For free. Just walk into any doctor's office and they'll talk with you and no money exchanges hands. Yeah they pay higher taxes, but look they're economy is doing great while ours.... blows. And before someone talks about unemployment numbers... Canada calculates them differently.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Please source your info – "Canada has more guns per capita than the US". I call BS. I think you should keep you Canadian mouth shut and make me a Canadian Club and Coke!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • parenting

      Yo Johnnyboy, FYI, the VAST majority of violence committed by people in the world aren't even remotely mentally ill and the majority of mentally ill people are non violent. People engage in violence because they are angry and it is culturally acceptable to do so. The US has become very tolerant of ultra violent behavior (movies, video games, teachers not allowed to discipline violent students, crime stats) and anyone who's angry with no sense of discipline will go out and do whatever they want. Access to health care is bull. Our problem is cultural and that means we must ALL take responsibility for fixing this mess. See a kid acting up? Straighten them out. It's mostly a parenting clusterf–k. It isn't mental illness, that's for sure.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      @Pat. Number of fire arms is not the problem. The high rate of murders in the US is due to other factors. It is a symptom, not a cause. If firearms caused murder, then Switzerland, Israel and Norway would have murder rates similar to the US, and places like Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas and Sri Lanka would have low rates. Do you not get that? You're response is not very mature. Maybe you should cite me somewhere that states US has more guns per capita than Canada, if that's the basis of you're logic. Then I'll get back to you.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      @Jonny, start working on my drink....

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_gun_ownership

      September 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      @parenting, You make a good and valid point, yet I would tend to disagree with you on 'Uncontrollable Anger' being not a mental health issue. I'm not saying that most people who commit murder are mentally disturbed (e.g. bipolar, schizophrenic etc.) but that they lack the mental ability to control their anger, or emotions. The field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy deals directly with these problems for normal people, and it is that therapy, that is the given first to those who seek help in Canada along with one on one personal sessions with a professional. Honestly I think CBT should be taught in grade school, as it would help many to understand their emotions and the thinking around them and better prepare them for the trials of being an adolescent and a young adult.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      @pat: "this number is not a representation of the percentage of people who possess guns in each nation."

      (paragraph 1 of the irrelevant wiki link you posted)

      September 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      Pat, Not sure where they get their numbers but under 10 million guns in Canada in 2007?
      How about 21 million in 1993. And it just keeps getting higher....
      Anyway I don't want to bring the measuring tapes out but you see it's pretty close to even. My point is, it don't matter number of guns, it's mental health that's the problem and with it being free there it's easier for folks to get it. Anyway, you come up to Buffalo, N.Y. I'll take you across the border to Niagara and and get you hammered on CC. On second thought booze is expensive in Canada, so maybe we'll by duty free and drink this side of the border.
      see link:
      http://stason.org/TULARC/society/guns-canadian/26-How-many-people-in-Canada-legally-own-firearms.html

      September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob

    I have a friend that works there and she texted me saying they were on lockdown and really scared. wow some of you people!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translation

      I think she may be overreacting. Fear spreads easily. Like I said before, 99.999% of people there will be fine.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • FelipeBR

      At least it happened at the hospital, it it was at the cemetery they would find thousands of bodies.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      catch him and kill him enough with tying up courts at our taxpaying expense for these cowards

      September 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    PROOF READ YOUR FREAKING HEADLINE CNN! 'Shooting' in custody???? It should be 'SHOOTER in custody'....how hard is it to proof read your own HEADLINE?

    September 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • poptart

      It DOES say shooter, you idiot.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • goodgodgurdy

      @Poptart....it did say shooting....they finally corrected it. Idiot.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      @Matto...says the bozo that has nothing better to do then comment on my comment. I have a life dipstick and I guarantee you its a lot more high speed then yours, troll. I'm guessing with your 'home schooled edumacation' that you didn't catch such an obvious blunder as the blatant headline screw up. We'll slow down for you so you can catch up....

      September 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      @poptart 'der de der'...day late and a dollar short, moron. Nothing funnier then some late to the game mental defective chiming in and calling someone an idiot when they are a reel short at the movies. They already corrected their mistake AFTER it was pointed out to them. It's bad enough they have reported the story WRONG twice now but they couldn't even get the headline right. So, next time you want to chime in and call someone an idiot (who, btw, is obviously smarter then you) please feel free as all you did was prove your own stupidity. What is even funnier is that the only one you made look stupid was yourself, tool.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveG

      The problem with the headline was not "shooting/shooter" – one could easily figure that out. It was the fact that it said "in custody." Nothing in the story said he was in custody. And if he was, why is he now dead?

      September 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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