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. DePop

    Life imitating art... how ironic. Well, if you can call mundane TV art.

    Seriously though, it's only going to get worse as the world's population grows.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ashley

    this is the greys anatomy season finale...

    September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMC

      Which, ironically, will be aired on ABC tonight in preparation of the season premiere next week!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ironing

      How is that irony?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrea

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all those involved

    September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GG

    I don't agree with this but I understand.People are being push to the point of no return.
    I have felt like taking a 357 and just let her rip taking out a office full of people in TX. but I don't follow though. I just cry and deal with the bull

    September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      That you even THOUGHT about it is a warning. You really should get some therapy or at least an evaluation.
      A bit of stress management training would probably be prescribed and help a lot.
      Frankly, the only time I considered bringing a weapon into my workplace was in the military and THEN it was because I was ordered to. But I never even considered briefly using it on my coworkers.
      Only on the enemy, who didn't much appreciate my efforts...

      September 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuHurley

      I hope you go speak with someone about this.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Confucious say..........

    "If you're going to get shot, the hospital is the place to be!"

    September 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pat

    I agree with doc & eric. You people are so IGNORANT! HAVE YOU NO COMPASSION FOR FELLOW MAN AT ALL?! As Thumpers daddy taught him-"if you can't say anything nice. Dont say NOTHING at all!" Good grief! My prayers for the doc fighting for his life-and the families involved. Also praying for the shooter & his family. They ARE people just as you & I!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vinny

    I find it disheartening that people find this stuff funny. Someone who took on a profession thats dedicated to saving lives and healing people. We need more doctors in this country especially with all the free loaders. Not less. and regardless, an innocent civilian getting shot is never funny. I hope they stick the suspect in solitary for 100 years

    September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MGS

      If you think for a second that doctors take on their profession to be bleeding hearts dedicated to healing others, you're just as dillusional as that gunman. They take the job for the big salaries – and trust me, after all the medical school, training, and 24 hour shifts they do to get to where they are, they deserve every cent they get.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muds vs Phuds

      MGS, physicians most definitely do NOT enter medicine to save lives and help people. They do it for money, prestige and to get laid a lot. I work with them every day and hear what they say outside of the clinic. Many don't like to do any lab work but then try to claim first authorship on a manuscript and they didn't even do anything. They complain endlessly about clinical duties, the same ones that provide their inflated salary and benefits.

      Remember that us "other" doctors, the Ph.D.s, have to get top grades in college with all the other extras to get into a good grad school. There, we sell our soul while doing >6 years to get our Ph.D.. We have to do the same excruciating post-doctoral fellowship for 2-4 years before starting on the lowest rung of the ladder. The kicker is that Ph.D.s earn 25-50% of the salary of M.D.s and we continue to work 10-12 h days. Do we earn every unequal penny for our efforts? YES! We also pay ourselves, our staff and the university from our grants. The university pays us nothing! Physicians get paid from patient fees. Ph.D.s are underpaid, scorned but still manage to get laid. Why are we, who discover the science physicians use, treated like red-headed stepchildren while the other one is spoiled?

      September 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ashley

    this did happen on greys anatomy, it's not meant to be as a sick joke or anything, just stating a fact.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. db

    I pray for the doctor and for those of you who treat this as a comedy. But we all mature at different rates.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ashley

    Hopefully the doctor is okay. Johns Hopkins in on the East side of Baltimore- one of the absolute worst sections.. there are shootings there all the time. I lived in Baltimore for a while and crime was one of the reasons I moved away. It's a filthy city

    September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I've noticed that some of the best hospitals in the land tend to be in the worst neighborhoods of their city.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bud

    This is very sad. How can people do this to people like this. 🙁

    September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kristen

    Wow. Most of you people really need to take in consideration that peoples lives are in danger here. I would hate to see all of you guys that think this is funny. Go be in there shoes. The ones that are scared to death and praying that everything is ok. You guys should be damned of yourselves for ever thinking this is funny. Let the lord be there for the ones that care and for the others go to hell.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

    I think we need to go back to the old days. Eye for and eye tooth for a tooth and maybe we wouldn't have so many wack jobs on the street!!!!! Think of the future for our children and grandchildren.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flonkbob

      Great idea! We can start selling our daughters too. Keeping slaves. Killing rude children. Personally, I can't wait for your god to send a she-bear to kill a couple dozen kids for making fun of me. Yeah, let's go back to the old biblical methods...

      September 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smity

      Eye for eye and tooth for a tooth makes everyone blind and toothless......

      September 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah K.

    Shooter is not in custody according to hospital spokeperson and Balt City Police. Possibly confined on the 8th floor of the Nelson building, but not in custody.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Deepak

    My wife is in there. She just sent me a message that she is fine.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilarious

      oh, good, because I know we were all worried?

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