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. jean

    A ban on guns would definitely make it harder for criminals to possess guns. If you think the best way to curb gun trotting is by legalising it, then your nuts. Legalising everything illegal would ofcourse create no laws. For you, its guns for another, it could be DUI. For some drugs. Oh! And if armed robbery was legal, theft wouldn't be a crime. Not everything you think should be acceptable is right. Everyone has a limit on conscience. Some are to the extreme. Please don't turn America into a lawless society. Guns are obviously evil. Let's not act stupid.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tensor

    Add to that short list Baltimore's sibling city – DC. Fresh crab cakes and lovely architecture aren't enough to make a sane person live in either place.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chieatfetus

    Hopkins is in the ghetto! what do you expect?

    September 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dj

    To the people n the Drs, Eric, my prayers are with you n your co-workers. Thank u for all u endure to save lives n help humans to have the best live they can. Your work is deeply appreciated. As for u humanoids that know nothing about Guns n Gun Control, it's naive n ignorant to think, let alone believe, a law to ban n outlaw Guns to everyday humans is an answer to stop these kind of incidents. The BAD GUYS always can get their hands on guns. Guns are smuggled around the globe. So u want to ban the Good Citizens from having protection for themselves n others, while only the Bad Citizens can carry a Gun to kill the Good Citizens. What's your plan? U going to look at the guy with the gun n tell him that you are a good guy without a weapon n that will make him change his mind n not shoot you? U think he'll just up n say, Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize u didn't have a weapon. You may go now. Your are all living in a bubble world that doesn't exist. You can't keep Guns out of a Bad Citizen or a Bad Non Citizen's hand. Good Gun carrying Citizens can save your life while there r no Police with Guns around to protect u. Stop knocking the Drs n Medical Staff who work long hard stressful careers to Save Lives. They often have their own lives on the line, just as the Police, Firefghters, Emt's, Swat, and all forms of our citizens serving in the Military to provide YOU ALL with a better, safer, healthier Life while u are on this planet taking up space. A Round of Applause to All Medical n Law Enforcement who got out of bed this morning not expecting to go to work to deal with a pyscho with a gun in a hospital. And those of us who value Life n Sacrifices u make everyday, WE will keep you all in our prayers n thoughts. Non-Humanoid, dj

    September 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dashabi

    You white people kill innocent. We black get only those that troubling us. You guys have hatred inside, we put everything on the face.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barbara Dismukes

    I'd like to know HOW this guy shot Himself, THEN shot his Mother? Crappy Reporting People!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cory

    Come on, CNN. I really don't expect you to screw up a story like this. There is an old saying that used to be common in newsrooms, maybe not so much anymore, that it is better to be right than first.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Capt America

    'Gunman killed self, mother'...but not necessarily in that order.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Another reason to restrict hand guns. Dear NRA, this blood is on your hands. Oops, I forgot, the NRA don't care.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yoko

    Are you ready? Hey, are you ready for this?
    Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip to the sound of the beat, Yeah
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone
    And another one gone
    Another one bites the dust

    September 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GuN fReAk

    Well..first of all you wouldn't even have the right to comment on here if it wasn't for guns..second.. if you take away our 2nd amendmant right to bear arms you might as well take away the 1st of freedom of speech..what a bunch of liberal ingnornant ppl..look @ what hitler did..took away the guns and then went and slaughtered millions..sounds like Obama-nomics to me..keep your gays,your open immigration laws,your liberal points of view,and welcome your own demise..I'll keep my guns and my freedoms and would die to uphold them..all I know is you can't blame me ..I voted for McCain ! OBAMA IS A TERROIST !!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buck

    Obamacare at it's finest!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jj

    Wait – this gets even better! He kills the doctor because he didn't like how his mother was being treated – then he kills her? More brilliant logic, tragically 'settled' with a gun. Hope the nra is proud – and you know they are. That doctor may have been planning a home invasion that night...

    September 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tn865

    There have been several comments to the effect that the shooter shot the doctor, because
    1. he didn't like the doctor's new
    2. the frustration is brewing over in this nation and this is the tragic result
    3. this is a copycat of a TV show
    4. the person lost someone recently, and is blaming this physician
    5. It's probably a soldier with post traumatic stress!
    6. the patient was denied an extension of their hospital stay
    Everyone is jumping to conclusions. There are a million reason that it could have happened. Recently a former patient shot several hospital employees at a local hospital and then killed himself. After the police investigated they discovered the shooter had had an appendectomy at the hospital several YEARS prior. Sometime after the surgery, he developed a mental illness and became convinced that the surgeon had implanted a tracking device and thought monitoring device in him during his appendectomy.

    This event could be caused by anything from a mental illness, to a person under extreme stress, to a personal relationship, etc.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WTH

    So at first the police claimed that they shot Davis.. Now they didn't? Doesn't sound right.. Someone doesn't want to do the paperwork....

    September 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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