(BOSTON) — A doctor was fatally shot Tuesday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said.
The suspect, identified by police as Stephen Pasceri, entered the hospital Tuesday morning, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said at a news conference at the hospital. Police received a 911 call at 11:07 a.m. that a doctor had been shot on the second floor.
“He was targeted and that reason right now is unclear,” Evans said. “There was something in the past that upset this guy.”
On Tuesday afternoon, hospital President Dr. Betsy Nable said they would not be providing further details about the doctor, but Evans said he suffered “life-threatening” injuries and was in “serious condition.”
Later Tuesday night, the Boston Police Department said in a news release that the doctor had died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The hospital later identified the doctor as Dr. Michael J. Davidson.
Police soon found a man matching the shooting suspect’s description dead in an examining room of what they believe to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
“The doctor is not the only victim here,” Evans said. “I’m sure he [the shooter] has some loved ones.”
The shooting occurred in the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center on the second floor, authorities said. The doctor was shot in a foyer between the waiting area and the examining area, and Evans said hospital staff whisked him away to the emergency room.
Evans said the Boston Police Department got to the hospital “within seconds” and secured the floor. The department tweeted shortly before noon that the “situation [is] under control,” and that the gun had been recovered.
The hospital did not have metal detectors, police said.
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