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Police: Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman killed himself

Police: Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman killed himself

world Updated: Jan 21, 2015 22:00 IST
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A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital on Tuesday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself.

Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women's Hospital - which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School - sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested Michael J. Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery at the hospital.

Pasceri, of Millbury, shot the doctor twice just outside an examination room on the second floor of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center; he then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said officers conducting a room-by-room search found the gunman dead in an exam room with the weapon. The doctor, later died of his injuries.

Police said Pasceri wasn't a patient of the doctor's and they didn't specify a motive for the shootings.

"We're in the process of talking to witnesses, but it's leading us to believe there was something in the past that upset this guy, that made him go in and look for this particular doctor," Evans said earlier in the day.

Police and hospital officials commended the fast response by police and hospital staff, who they said had been trained to respond to an "active shooter" situation.

Evans said police were on the scene within seconds after getting the first calls of shots fired and had the area secured within 15 minutes.

Betsy Nabel, the hospital's president, said Brigham and Women's will evaluate its safety protocols. She said there have been no discussions about installing metal detectors, which none of the city's hospitals have.

Tuesday's shooting prompted a temporary lockdown at the Shapiro center. Hospital staff were asked to remain in place and the building did not accept new patients.

First Published: Jan 21, 2015 19:12 IST