In the latest violent incident at a healthcare facility, a gunman who injured a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital later killed his mother and himself after a standoff with police, according to news reports.
The gunman, 50-year-old Paul Warren Pardus, had been listening to the surgeon around midday when he "became emotionally distraught and reacted ... and was overwhelmed by the news of his mother's condition," Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III said, according to the Associated Press. Pardus pulled a semiautomatic gun from his waistband and shot the doctor once, the commissioner said. The doctor, identified by colleagues as orthopedic surgeon David B. Cohen, collapsed outside the eighth-floor room where Pardus' mother, Jean Davis, was being treated.
A Johns Hopkins nurse told the Baltimore Sun that at the time of the shooting, the man was upset about the medical treatment of his mother and was threatening to jump out a window.