Johns Hopkins Hospital: Murder-Suicide Gunman Shot Physician First

John Hopkins Hospital

One of the nation’s leading medical research institutions and teaching hospitals has been the subject of drama and trauma this morning. A gunman entered the hospital made it to the 8th floor of the main facility before firing shots at one of the physicians. The doctor was carried into surgery but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The spokesperson for the police and hospital authorities from John Hopkins Hospital would not confirm the exact location of the shooter.

A spokesperson for the Baltimore police department said that the situation was under control but that the police were “in the process of a tactical operation” to try and capture the gunman. Shortly after noon, a detective indicated that the gunman was confined but the situation was not completely under control. The hospital was considered under lock down but employees with a badge were being allowed to move about the facility. John Hopkins Hospital has more than 1,000 beds and 1,700 attending physicians to treat more than half a million patients a year.

Employees and visitors were all asked to stay in their offices or hospital rooms while the suspect was located and the situation could be resolved. Unfortunately in this case, resolved led to the death of the gunman. Moreover, the gunman managed to shoot and kill the relative he was visiting before police were able to make their move. The standoff lasted more than 2 hours and authorities indicate that the shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital appears to have been a murder-suicide.

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