Surgeon Shot at Boston Hospital; Suspect Dead

Reportedly of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Brigham and Women's
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2015 11:29 AM CST
Updated Jan 20, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Surgeon Shot at Boston Hospital
Medical personnel walk past law enforcement officials as they depart the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Jan. 20, 2015.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A male cardiac surgeon is in critical condition after a shooting this morning at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, reports CBS. The hospital confirmed the incident via Facebook post, saying, "There has been a shooting in the Shapiro building, and the suspect has been apprehended. The Shapiro Center has been locked down, and all staff are asked to remain in place." Boston police describe the situation as "under control," adds the AP, though now the Boston Globe is reporting that the suspect is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"A security guard came in and said we need to evacuate the building immediately," says one witness. "People started yelling 'get down, get down.'" CBS reports that a weapon was recovered from the scene in the hospital's second-floor cardiovascular unit; the Globe adds that the hospital is again operating normally. No motive is known as yet, though Police Commissioner William Evans says the suspect specifically asked for the doctor this morning. Says Evans, "There's something in the past that upset this guy to come in looking for this particular doctor." The doctor was shot twice. (More Brigham and Women's Hospital stories.)

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