Sep 16, 2010 2:51 PM by Letitia Walker
BALTIMORE (AP) - A gunman who wounded a doctor at Johns Hopkins
hospital in Baltimore and then holed up inside a room has shot and
killed himself and a relative during a standoff with authorities,
police said Thursday.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press
that the suspect and his relative died in a hospital room.
The standoff lasted more than 2 hours.
Guglielmi said earlier that he did not know the relationship
between the gunman - described as a man in his 30s - and the
doctor. The hospital said in a statement that the doctor is a
faculty physician but that it could not release more information
because of privacy policies.
The doctor was shot in the stomach but was expected to survive,
"The doctor will be OK," Guglielmi said. "He's in the best
place in the world - at Johns Hopkins hospital."
Michelle Burrell, who works in a coffee shop in the hospital
lobby, said she was told by employees who were on the floor where
the doctor was shot that the gunman was angry with the doctor's
treatment of his mother.
"Basically, he was upset about his mother being paralyzed by
the doctor," Burrell said. "It's crazy."
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.
Guglielmi said the situation was contained to that part of the
hospital, and no people had been locked in rooms or otherwise in
According to the Hopkins website, the eighth floor is home to
orthopedic, spine, trauma and thoracic services.
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