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. TiredOfDoubleStandards

    Look...we can all sit around and pretend that it is ignorant and racist to point out that it is racist to mention that this isnt too absurd based on the fact that this occurred in a predominantly black area, but quit fooling yourselves. If there were no correlation between the population of blacks in an area and the amount of violence in that area, then the stereotype wouldnt exist. It may offend some people to realize this, but it is true...just look at Detroit and south Chicago. If you want to get offended by someone pointing out that the black race has an above-average tendency toward violence, you should, as Obama and Bill Cosby have put it, start at home; get offended that there is ACTUALLY a correlation and quit getting mad at people for mentioning it.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |

    what is the world comeing too when people go and shoot people, who is trying to help people like doctors do

    September 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jean

    Now the guy is dead, we would never know what caused it. Just guesses and fabricated stories. The doctor might have been an arrogant jerk, rapist, con, e.t.c. For the guy not to perform sporadic shots on multi civilians, then he had a conscience. Like I said, we would never know the motive behind this. Its unfortunate it ended this way.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HowDi

    Why is US full of freaks?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Will

    I could call Baltimore the biggest hellhole in this country, but I'd be doing Detroit and St. Louis a disservice. It'd certainly be towards the top of my list though

    September 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. arthurb3

    Its seems that the gunman's world focused on his mother and when he found out she was seriously ill his world fell apart.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. skater

    this is the problem with medical system in USA, it is too costly, doctors are not treating patients, but rather they are making them chronically ill. This is a bad sign, doctors should be more responsible and understand the emotions of people better.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel Tosh

    Was the gunman black?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Korra

    Wow, that doctor must have had some very bad news to make this guy shoot him, his mother, and them himself.

    There is a saying, don't shoot the messenger.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark in Indy

    Shouldn't the headline be "Man kills mother, self"? not "Man kills self, mother."

    September 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    Why are there always pictures of the police in their heavy-duty battle gear AFTER everyone is already dead?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BryanWolf

    My best guess, The doctor was refusing treatment based on lack of insurance. I bet money had something to do with it or he would not of youthinized his mother.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barbara Lock

    Workplace violence in the healthcare setting is a constant threat. Hospitals are places where heightened emotion and conflict are inherent. I myself have been twice told by angry or worried family members of patients that they would come back with their gun to get me. I saw a father punch a pediatrics resident in the nose, breaking it. The police were never called. Security guards are reluctant to touch unruly or agitated patients or family members for fear of being sued. There's more to this story than one crazy shooter; it will happen again, because most hospitals are less safe than your average train station.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. garc

    Any minute now we'll get the usual idiot comment like "if the doctor had been armed this wouldn't have happened."

    September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa

    I lived in Baltimore for six years and to those that don't think that it is a dangerous area, trust me it is. Not just the area around Hopkins but the whole freaking city. I had to get out of there. They are routinely the muder capital. Did anyone wonder why the guy was just randomly carrying a weapon? That's just how bmore is. I am so glad the doctor is okay and everyone else is safe.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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