Distraught John Hopkins gunman killed himself, mother

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September 16, 2010 22:16

 
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BALTIMORE – A man who became distraught as he was being briefed on his mother's condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital pulled a gun and shot the doctor Thursday, then killed his mother and himself in her room at the world-famous medical center, police said.

Baltimore police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said the doctor had been talking to 50-year-old Warren Davis just after 11 a.m. when he "became emotionally distraught and reacted ... and was overwhelmed by the news of his mother's condition."

Bealefeld said he did not know what the woman was being treated for at the world-class facility, known for its cancer research and treatment.

Davis then pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband shot the doctor once in the abdomen, the commissioner said. The doctor collapsed outside room 873 of the Nelson building, where Davis' mother, Jean Davis, was being treated. Warren Davis then holed up inside his mother's room for more than two hours during a standoff with authorities.

When officers made their way to the eighth-floor room, they found Warren Davis dead on the floor and his mother dead in her hospital bed.

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