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. Daniel Tosh

    Anyone with funny video, send it to Tosh.0 and get featured on the next show!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. db

    JM, ur mommy is calling from upstairs in the kitchen. Ur Pop Tarts r ready.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    I want to marry Christina and have 19 super retarted and super racist children

    September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Does anyone know where d. Washington is?

    September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A Henderson

    Has anyone thought to bring in a CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM? It is highly likely that the gunman is very ill with a serious mental illness. I would think that a place like Johns Hopkins would have people trained in crisis intervention who could bring him out without "tactical police operations!"

    September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      The police have such personnel. First the reaction team moves in to contain the situation and not have someone wandering around with a gun. THEN, if necessary they can deliver a telephone for the negotiator to speak with the gunman.
      Believe it or not, the police don't WANT to shoot anyone.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anita, Flower Mound, tx

    Anyone have any idea as to why he shot this DR. Is this a case of life imating art?? A John Q thing????. Maybe I've missed it.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    here goes another nut once again. He will be sniped to his miserable death for sure. That is the only they can neutralize the situation without hurting anyone.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      You DO realize that this is the 21st century now. We have these really cool people called negotiators who actually talk to the gunmen and get them to surrender.
      You should check out the new century, it's pretty cool!

      September 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Monte

    @Uhello the answer is almost zero crimes are commited by NRA members. NRA members are among the most law-abiding of citizens, and that more guns often equates to less crime.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Seriously...

    lol it's Baltimore...AKA ghetto central USA...what do you expect

    September 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Doe

      Could have happened anywhere. In fact, in Ohio a nice hospital also dealt with a shooting recently. Reasons for violence in the workplace unfortunately is scattered across the board- rich surroundings doesn't make you safe. Thank the stars it didn't happen at YOUR job.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BigE

    All in all this nation needs JESUS we need to Pray.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hirolla74

    Don't tell me it wasn't Denzell Washington shooting James Woods about the health care of his dying son? Say it ain't true! Oh wait that was a movie! Hehe! Well it could happen. These HMOs could kill you (no pun intended).

    September 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gjellenbecker

    "He further said he has learned that the doctor's condition has been upgraded, and his injuries now do not appear life-threatening."

    I guess Johns Hopkins would be a good place to get shot.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ki m

    This is what happens when doctors play God. Doctors weild their power by denying treatment to people who desperately need it. They are power hungry and don't give a da*n about the patients.

    This will become a common occurrence if Obama's death panels become reality. If someone tries to kill MY mother, I won't leave the doctor breathing.

    I'm sure of this man's mother was an illegal immigrant, she would have gotten whatever she needed.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      you have no idea what Doctor's do to keep patients alive. 15 years of training, family sacrifices, being on call on a saturday night and paying an absurd amount of money in insurance is not worth it if you do not believe in what you are doing. If you do not like the doctor, find another no one prevents it from doing it.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ki m

      What doctors do to keep patients alive??? Not me, but I'm not on Medicaid. I have been wronged by more doctors than I have been properly treated by. My insurance was paying them well, but they made it their mission to decide WHO gets treatment based on THEIR beliefs. When I am in a life threatening situation in an emergency room, I have NO CHOICE in what doctor treats me.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smity

      You need a Dr. – a psychiatrist.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sew84

    There was a shooting in a hospital here in Baton Rouge just 2 weeks ago...where a patient's mom and boyfriend were shot while in the hospital. Where was our SWAT team and national response?

    September 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Doe

      There has been recent shootings at Marymount Hospital in Mayfield Heights and Cleveland Clinic here in Ohio. Unfortunately not all violence makes national headlines- and I'm glad, fame seeking criminals don't need the attention. I'm sure violence happens at MANY workplaces, especially in this economic climate. Just firing someone nowadays is like a ticking timebomb.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rich

    Guns should be banned and that would be the end of shooting. Only Police and military in duty can carry guns. That is the reason for all this crazyness.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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