Brigham and Women’s Hospital Was Ready, Prepared to Respond to Shooting

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

The sister of a Millbury man suspected of shooting a doctor on the cardiovascular floor of Brigham & Women’s Hospital today said she’s praying the heart surgeon survives. “I hope the doctor lives.The State Police said in a tweet they were assisting Boston police at a “reported shooting.” A State Police spokesman said Boston police would be the investigating agency.

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. There was no indication whatsoever that he would ever do anything like this.” The sister told the Herald the Brigham doctor had operated on their mother, also with the first name Marguerite, last year.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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