Doctor shot at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brigham And Women’s Visitors: ‘It Was Panic’.

One person was shot and a suspect was captured after gunfire broke out Tuesday morning at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Tuesday morning.BOSTON—A surgeon at one of the nation’s most prominent hospitals was shot twice and critically injured Tuesday after he was confronted near his office by an armed assailant who then fatally shot himself, authorities said. The suspect was caught on the second floor of the Shapiro Building, the hospital’s cardiovascular wing, according to Adam Gaffin, a Boston blogger at the website Universal Hub. Was it a terrorist attack?” one woman told reporters. “We didn’t know what was going on, they didn’t say.” James Patelli of New York was inside the Shapiro Center because his son was having a heart procedure done.

The event began to unfold about 11 a.m. when the gunman, described as being 6 feet tall and wearing glasses, entered the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center. 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.

After an altercation in a foyer between the waiting room and an examination room, the unidentified assailant shot the surgeon twice, police said. “It’s leading us to believe that there was something in the past that upset this guy and he came in looking for this particular doctor,” said Boston Police Chief William Evans. Hospital officials said at a news conference that there are no metal detectors at Brigham but that the hospital is assessing its safety plans and has confidence in its security force. The hospital, which is a trauma center affiliated with Harvard University, said in a statement that more information would be shared as it became available.

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