Posted: Sep 16, 2010 12:36 PM by Letitia Walker
BALTIMORE (AP) - A man shot a doctor and then barricaded himself inside a room at Johns Hopkins hospital, where he remained holed up two hours after the shooting Thursday, police said.
The doctor was rushed to surgery and is expected to survive,
police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
"The doctor will be OK," Guglielmi said. "He's in the best
place in the world - at Johns Hopkins hospital."
He said he did not know the relationship between the gunman and
the doctor. The hospital said in a statement that the doctor is a
faculty physician but it could not release more information because
of privacy policies.
Guglielmi said a small area of the hospital remained locked down
and police were preparing a tactical operation to deal with the
gunman. 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 affected area was 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.
About a dozen officers wearing vests and helmets and carrying
assault weapons prepared to enter the hospital at midday.
The rest of the massive hospital, research and medical education
complex remained open, including the emergency department.
With more than 30,000 employees, Johns Hopkins Medicine is among
Maryland's largest private employers and the largest in Baltimore.
The hospital has more than 1,000 beds and more than 1,700 full-time