Authorities identify gunman in shooting at Brigham

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boston hospital shooting: doctor seriously injured and alleged attacker dead.

A doctor who was left with “life-threatening” injuries after a Millbury man fired two bullets into him this morning on the cardiovascular floor of Brigham & Women’s Hospital is in surgery, the hospital reports. “This evening, the physician, who will remain anonymous at the request of the family, is in surgery. The suspect entered Brigham and Women’s hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, sometime before 11am and requested the doctor by name, Boston police commissioner William Evans said. Officers found the alleged suspect — a 6-foot man wearing glasses and a blue sweater — inside an exam room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Evans said.

The two went alone into an adjacent room where Pasceri fired two shots from a .40-caliber pistol into the doctor’s upper body, the law enforcement official said. The doctor, whose name was not released by authorities, was rushed by his colleagues to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment of life-threatening injuries, police said. He said the suspect was not a doctor and did not appear to be a patient of the victim. “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.

COO Ron Walls said the hospital was one of the first in the nation to institute training on active shooter situations – which led to the quick action of staff to shelter in place, rush to care for the injured doctor and protect hospital patients. 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.

Irene Stefanidis, of Boxford, was with her father, who was getting a CAT scan on the lower second level when an announcement came over the hospital loudspeakers warning of a “life threatening emergency on the second floor.” “They brought people down to our floor as a precaution,” she said, adding that about 45 minutes passed before she was allowed to leave the building. Police conducted a room-by-room search of the second floor, and discovered the suspect’s body. “I am extremely proud of the way our staff responded,’’ said hospital president Dr. She lauded the “calm, rapid response” as staff stabilized the victim and got him to the emergency room. “We had a very tragic situation here this morning,’’ Nabel also said. “I want to thank the Boston Police Department for doing an extraordinary job of responding rapidly.” The streets around the Shapiro Center were cordoned off with yellow police tape shortly before noon. People started screaming and then running, panic-stricken, to the glass-enclosed walkway that connects the Shapiro to the other hospital buildings, she said.

As law enforcement officials turned the hospital into a crime scene, a woman with a bloody bandage on her left arm could be seen being escorted from the Shapiro building to another building on the complex while being comforted by a second woman.

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