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. Marc

    Guns don't break laws....uh...people shoot....uh....what is that line again? Doctors don't kill people, disease does. Guns don't kill people, but the wounds from those guns do. The gun rights people are just plain insane – there isn't a logical argument for arming everyone. Gun ownership is a right – that's sufficent justification. Everything else is just adolescent puffery.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frog Prince

    "Within minutes, a tactical team entered the hospital"

    Not according to the time line you posted.............who writes this tripe? CNN needs help..........

    September 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BryanWolf

    I think the doctor refused treatment or further hospital stay due to insurance lack of or not going to pay. Why else would he youthinize his mother?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    "Within minutes, a tactical team later entered the hospital...."

    September 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BryanWolf

    Unfortunately, I think the doctor refused treatment or further hospital stay due to insurance lack of or not going to pay. Why else would he youthinize his mother? Another good reason for better health care reform. We need to take the profit back out of the meat market.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. do your job

    why is this in the form of a blog? if cnn is a news network, why don't you just keep updating a single news story instead of adding entries that include new, differing AND overlapping info? this is not journalism, just plain lazy.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    wow. Notice how are cops like the military now?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cold

    I to get insensitive about shootings because its happening more and more. Take Iraq when people are getting blown up all the time, I say to myself oh that was only 7 people this time last time it was 30. Or if a bus goes off the road killing 150 people in Mexico I say to myself how the hell did they get 150 people on that bus and ignore the fact that people died.

    Because sin will abound the love of many will grow cold.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. moo

    JM: "Good to know you cherry-picked your facts for this argument."

    Not really. The range took the low end from the American Journal of Public Health and the high end from Kleck's own study.

    "You're telling me there could have been as many as 6.9 million were it not for guns and that wasn't reported at all? Come on."

    Yes ma'am. Statisticians, law enforcement, etc. are the ones who point to the "under-reporting" of "thwarted" crimes.

    "Ok, well how many more crimes would have been prevented were it more difficult for criminals to get guns at all?"

    Not really.

    Regardless of the laws, criminals will have and keep their firearms. The law usually only has an effect on law abiding citizens. Consequently, a ban of any sort will only affect those of us who voluntarily adhere to the law. By banning firearms you're doing more to take away the power of regular citizens to legally defend themselves, while doing nothing to stop criminals from breaking the laws anyway.

    Nice try, though.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BryanWolf

    Why do many of you waste space by chatting instead of staying on topic? People with real opinions on the topics might get posted.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saftgek

    I believe it would be an interesting study of the events like this and the common thread of all the perpetrators – cowardice.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Crys Lundberg

    What a piece o' crap reporting this story has been. Either the guy was holed up or killed himself and his mother within minutes. It can't be both ways. You're getting paid, journalists. Get the story straight.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Beth

    I love this city – and I hate this city. WHY can't we stop all of the shootings? Baltimore has a TERRIBLE reputation for murders and senseless drive-by shootings. All of us suffer with this city's reputation, its loss of decent residents, its loss of tourisism, its loss of economy, its loss of businesses – but most tragically, its loss of innocent lives.


    September 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dont care

    We all know they didn't send swat in. The sent cal ripken jr and he just took a baseball bat to that guys head. Hit that shi+ out of the hospital

    September 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steveb

    Thank God for handguns. Screw you NRA and all you paranoid gun freaks. Didn't yioui play enough cops and robbers as kids

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