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. Jeff

    I am shocked by the comments some of you are posting. I work in Baltimore close to the hospital, for people to joke about a shooting in Baltimore just because it's Baltimore is a shame. Someone who devotes their life to helping people has been shot and to joke about it is horrible. You could care less about who's involved, rather you laugh like this event is an every day occurence in this city. Shame on you

    September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baltimoron

      Jeff, I've worked at Hopkins for almost 10 years and Baltimore City is a cesspool. Annually, the city logs about 350 murders per year (almost one per day) and other violent crimes (often utilizing a gun) are an hourly occurrance in the 30 block radius surrounding the hospital. I think the comments express frustration about the state of the city (political correctness prevents us from addressing and fixing major problems) and are derisive about a lack of social progress, not about the event itself. Outrage over "when will these things stop?" because we can't comment on what we see as the root of the problem masks the concern everyone feels for the victims. Absolutely nothing wil be done to address this in our communities because our society loves violence and many think it's perfectly ok to initiate it.

      September 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Truth

    It was a black cafeteria worker at the hospital. Wait and see, then worship me and give me praise.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      All hail the unabashed racist.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • 10porkchops

      I'll wager it's an angry patient.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Very well, we'll begin worship now.
      All hail the speaking rectum!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiid

      B**ch.! u IZ NT A GOD.!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paranel

    I am baffled that most of you could make fun and joke about a tragedy. I feel sorry for you and your lack of sensitivity. Most of you are one of the main reason for our society becoming more intolerable every day.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deej

      I agree. Someone was hurt. How is that fodder for jokes?

      September 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ringside2010

    Another Tea Party Crazy, no doubt. Hope the doctor is OK and this man gets some much needed mental help. I think his mother may be a patient in the hospital.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • markglicken

      Why does the shooter need mental help. Maybe his is just a criminal that needs to be locked up for 99 years.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • markglicken

      ...and if he is Black, how could he possible be a tea Party member, as we are all white racists

      September 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. markglicken

    Don jordan: I knew that it wouldn't be long before the anti gun libs came out. I am sure that with stricter controls this never would have happened. The guy who shot the doc would have gladly surrendered his weapon when required. Sure.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      And if the people in the situation had guns, I'm sure they would have resolved it peacefully and without a shootout which injured or killed more bystanders than the one unfortunate doctor who was shot. Why is your solution to gun violence more guns? That's ridiculous.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |

    Another reason im glad im not living in a over populated, dirty, rude society where people are allowed to own weapons to hurt others. Maybe this person was mad at the wait times in the hospital now hes being treated right away lol crazy americans, i have an idea lets allow everyone to have guns idiots. The docters should work harder for less.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    General Hospital airs weekdays on abc 3:00 est.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sharon

    this is a really sad thing to happen. makes me sick how people think they can just shoot someone when things dont go their way/to solve problems. grow up and learn to deal.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    He must have seen his bill!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SH

    People suck

    September 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sherrill

    Wow some ppl in this world are just ignonant a man is fighting for his life and u ppl wanna know which tv show or the race of the shooter..! Wise up ppl n pray..!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Debba

    Sometimes the 'comedy writers' in the comment section are funny, but this is REAL life & death & NOT funny. If we had caller ID on the internet some of the useless, stupid stuff would stop.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Marsh

      Debba, are you related to Timmah?

      September 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J S

    Local news stations in Baltimore are reporting Hopkins is retracting the statement the "the shooter has been subdued". They cannot confirm it. The floor of the shooting has been contained.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. maria

    Now call me crazy but if my butt was in lockdown commenting on cnn webpage is probably the second to last thing I'd do : ) I'm just say.... Love some of the humor that has been posted

    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      DO enlighten us Maria, what WOULD you be doing if you were in a locked down facility? Really, I'm serious!
      I've BEEN in locked down facilities. I've also been in the middle of firefights. For the latter, I'd do whatever I had to to be able to get home later. For the former, I'd be on the net letting family and friends know I'm OK, then reading about what is going on, as the LAST thing on the folks running things is letting people know what is going on when THEY'RE not quite certain!
      And as a side effect, were I to be reading this tripe, I'd be sounding off too.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I have a friend that works in the building and she's in lock-down updating her facebook status. It's a lot of waiting around in a dark room by yourself, what else is there to do but go on the internet? Most people there are getting their news through email and news websites too, so it's actually not unreasonable that they would end up on

      September 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ames Wolff

    Probably a domestic violence related shooting.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
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