A man distraught about his mother’s health shot and wounded a doctor at Baltimore’s prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday before killing his mother and taking his own life, police said.
The gunman was getting an update on his mother’s medical condition “when he became emotionally distraught” and pulled a pistol out of his waistband, Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said. He shot the doctor, then retreated to his mother’s room, Bealefeld told reporters.
Bealefeld identified the gunman as 50-year-old Warren Davis, and the mother as Jean Davis. But police later said “Warren Davis was an alias,” and the gunman’s real name was unknown. They continued to identify the dead woman as the gunman’s mother.
Hospital officials said they could not disclose any details about what illness afflicted the gunman’s mother, citing federal privacy laws.
Police moved in and closed off the floor shortly after the 11 a.m. shooting. About 1:30 p.m., officers moved into the room to find the man and his mother dead from single gunshot wounds to the head, Bealefeld said.
“At this point we are treating this case as a murder-suicide,” Bealefeld said.