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. Greg

    @ UHhello, I dont think the NRA has anything to do with this. I just hope you're not one of those people who thinks things like this will stop happening if we were to make guns illegal. Its just to bad that someone else in that hospital was'nt armed maybe they could have put a bullet in this creep before he ever got the chance to hurt anyone.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • no guns at work please

      Yes, by all means, I want people roaming all over my workplace armed with concealed guns who have the ability to shoot anyone they feel might be a threat BEFORE they demonstrate themselves to be a threat. Better not reach for that Kleenex in your pocket: you're likely to get shot first by a "good citizen" who perceives your action as threatening.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. melville shyer

    I bet the shooter is muslim.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christopher

    DAMNED! My parents work there, I hope they didn't get caught in this crossfire! Why the hell would you go after a DOCTOR (unless it's Dr. Mengele)? No reason for this.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GG

    Wow just think what could push some one to do this. Job lost death of a loved one
    At your witts in.I'm sorry the dr got shot. And for the record I'm black all black people don't carry a gun or kill
    And I have had all of the above happen to me. I deal with it like most. Even when standing on the edge and all it would take is a light breeze to push me over.

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

    Guns should be banned and that would be the end of shooting. Only Police and military in duty can carry guns. That is the reason for all the shootings

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

      You can't just ban guns. Tons of people will have them illegally. It's better to have a database/knowledge of what people have rather than people having them on the sneaks. People will have them no matter what. Plus there are recreational sports such as hunting.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cindi

    i understand from an employee that was there the gunman is upset that his mom is paralyzed after going to e.r a couple days ago. don't know if it was the same doctor that treated his mom that was shot but i am hearing that suspect is on 6th floor not 8th and 6th floor is also on lockdown

    September 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cavemanstyle

    Too many people, not enough jobs, and the healthcare sucks... what's wrong with this picture?

    September 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      Start using birth control now. Too many people, not enough jobs. Babies strain finances, marriages, a parent's physical and mental health. Shag more, birth less = more happy.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. maestro

    I'm sure it was Foreman's thug brother!

    September 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. abby

    John Hopkins is one of the most advanced hospitals in the country, if not the world, and they don't have metal detectors???

    September 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • security

      We do but the ED doesn't and not everyone is searched. Additionally, faculty and staff do not pass through metal detectors and must only display their badge at checkpoints and it is conceivable that the shooter is staff. Staff entrances controlled by card swipe are sometimes breached by vitisors who wait to be let in (and they are not allowed in or out by those entrances) and some staff do let them in. Stuff happens.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. manniston

    Angry TEAPUBLICAN ..NUFF SAID ...We have come a little too far for you ..."BUCK UP" whatever that means

    September 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Char

    I love how the obama supporters are so intimidated and ignorant they will use any chance to bash somebody else.
    Thats why nobody takes them serious anymore. they act like highschoolers

    September 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Askgees

    [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.

    When did a name becoem private. LOL

    Only the LIB media could print such BS. LOL

    September 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smity

      You've obviously never worked at a hospital. Patients actually have rights and one of them is confidentiality. Perhaps you would allow everyone to know your name and medical information?

      September 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. man

    It's east Baltimore...why is everyone so surprised? Johns Hopkins has dealt with a decent amount of violence for years, including the murder of two undergraduates inside their residences. Baltimore is a wonderful city, but it has its problems.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gerard

    At first I wondered if it was the psychaitric facility, but doesn't look that way. I hope they nail him. Hospitals are kind of sacred places, even in wartime. A guy with a grudge against the world is my bet, just needed a match for the fuse.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GD

    All of the jokers are ignorent people, I hope those people in JH are ok!

    September 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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