September 16th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Police say Johns Hopkins gunman killed self, mother


[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. Fred

    I bet if we had universal health insurance like the rest of the industrialized world this would not have happened.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Suz

    I guess if you're going to get shot, getting shot in a hospital is the best place...

    September 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred

    Well, now he's dead, now we'll never get to hear about how it was all about lack of affordable health insurance. I believe there was a movie about this with Denzel Washington playing the black man. John Q was the name of it.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    Guess it didn't turn out "better than most situations".

    September 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. compassmd

    I hate to randomly bring this up, but shooting crime in Baltimore is almost 4 times the national average, even with banned guns.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Veganistic

    if i get shot, i hope its in a hospital

    September 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JR

    The fake doc that says the doctor should pack heat is an idiot! So your saying that people should be able to carry guns anywhere, correct? So saying college students and faculty should carry guns as well in my opinion would increase campus shootings. Our country DOES need stricter gun control laws. Go to your tea party and complain/lie about how our country is becoming socialist/facist. Just more extremist BS. As far as I am concerned muslim extreamists have Al Queida and conservative extreamists have their Tea Parties.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. manniston


    September 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Edwin

    Oh, Heavens me! I lost the office pool bet that the shooter would be caught at about 2:15. Now the next office pool bet is how many rounds did the SWAT team fire their weapons in what is known as "contagious gunfire" on the shooter and how many rounds he was shot with. My office pool bet is the SWAT team fired eighty rounds and the shooter was hit only nine times! There is $500 at stake here folks!!

    September 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      I get it! Blood Money!

      September 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. William Ortega

    Sounds fishy, one guy shoots a doctor, doesn't even kill him, then takes zero hostages and hides in a corner, so you send a swat team to hunt him down and kill him.

    I hope all the people that think the gov't is out to get us give this story equal time too...

    September 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CS

    I've been in a hospital where a shooting taking place. I used to work in Danbury Hospital where an RN was shot earlier this year...i'm pretty sure some of you with your stupid comments wouldn't be saying those things if you've gone through an experience like that.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    What say you NRA? Perhaps if the good doctor had been armed he coul've protected himself. Way too many guns available in our society.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KH

    finally law enforcement begins to use real force, about time. Now, let's keep this up and see if CRIME % goes down. I'll bet that if criminals will begin to think twice if they know the police are really going to shoot back.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ron White

    Good shot Poot!

    September 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    What's the point of having comments on these websites? 99% of people are ignorant and thus make most of these comments a waste of time to read. (as I write a comment haha)

    September 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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