Thursday, September 16, 2010

Baltimore Sun-Man Kills His Mother&Himself At Johns Hopkins Hospital

Police sniper outside of Johns Hopkins during standoff with gunman who killed his mother and then himself:Justin Fenton/Baltimore Sun/16 Sept 2010
(Story reported by Justin Fenton and Peter Hermann for the Baltimore Sun)

A man suspected of shooting a Johns Hopkins Hospital doctor has fatally shot himself and his mother, who had been hospitalized, according to Baltimore police.

The shootings ended a four-hour standoff at Hopkins' sprawling East Baltimore campus.

The suspect had barricaded himself on the eighth floor of the hospital's Nelson Building for about four hours, according to police. The doctor, whose identity has not been released, was shot in the abdomen. He is in surgery but his injuries are not life-threatening.

"The doctor is going to be OK," said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

According to Vanessa Wasta of Hopkins' Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the victim holds a "faculty position" at Hopkins. Citing privacy, she would not provide the doctor's condition.

Portions of the Nelson Building were placed on lockdown and other sections evacuated.

Police shut down numerous roads in the area of Broadway, East Monument and North Wolfe streets. South of Monument and Wolfe was sealed off with trucks, cars and tape. Many units are on the scene, including police, fire and SWAT teams. Snipers are set up outside the building, and Guglielmi said that police are enacting a "tactical operation."

(Click here to read the full story on the Baltimore Sun website.)

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