Johns Hopkins Hospital Shooting | Doctor Reportedly Shot In Baltimore | Johns Hopkins Hospital Shooting Is Not In Custody

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Baltimore police have now tentatively identified a man who shot a doctor at Johns Hopkins hospital...Police say 50-year-old Paul Warren Pardus of Arlington, Virginia apparently used an alias.According to police, Pardus became distraught as a doctor briefed him on his mother's condition.Pardus shot the doctor, then spent two hours holed up in his mother's hospital room.When police got in, they found the man and his mother dead from gunshot wounds.Detectives are awaiting fingerprint analysis from the FBI to confirm Pardus' identity.The doctor was shot in the abdomen, but is expected to survive.

The shooter and his mother, Jean Davis, died. The doctor, David B. Cohen, underwent surgery and was expected to survive.Baltimore police identified the shooter as Paul Warren Pardus of Arlington, Va. They say he had become emotionally distraught over his mother's condition.Dr. Cohen, an orthopedic surgeon, collapsed just outside Davis's hospital room.A nurse at the hospital said Pardus was upset about his mother's treatment was threatening to jump out of a window before the shooting occurred, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The gunman, 50-year-old Paul Warren Pardus, had been listening to the surgeon around midday when he "became emotionally distraught and reacted ... and was overwhelmed by the news of his mother's condition," Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said.Pardus pulled a semiautomatic gun from his waistband and shot the doctor once, the commissioner said. The doctor, identified by colleagues as orthopedic surgeon David B. Cohen, collapsed outside the eighth-floor room where Pardus' 84-year-old mother, Jean Davis, was being treated.

A small area of the hospital had been locked down before the gunman died, as about a dozen officers wearing vests and helmets and carrying assault weapons prepared to go into the hospital at midday. Guglielmi said the gunman had not taken any hostages, and people with appointments in other parts of the hospital were encouraged to keep them.The FBI was assisting Baltimore police, said FBI spokesman Richard J. Wolf.Hopkins spokesman Gary Stephenson said the gunman was on the eighth floor of the Nelson building, the main hospital tower. According to the Hopkins website, the eighth floor is home to orthopedic, spine, trauma and thoracic services.

Guglielmi said the situation was contained to that part of the hospital, and no people had been locked in rooms or otherwise in danger.The rest of the massive hospital, research and medical education complex remained open, including the emergency department.


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