By Calvin Palmer
A man who became upset over the medical care his mother was receiving shot a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital this morning.
Paul Warren Pardus, 50, barricaded himself in his mother’s room on the eighth floor of the Nelson Building and police negotiators spent two hours trying to persuade him to surrender.
Police said Pardus, of Arlington, Virginia, was known to hospital officials as Warren Davis. Detectives are awaiting fingerprint analysis from the FBI to confirm his identity.
At 1:30 pm armed police stormed the room and found the mother, Jean Davis, dead in bed from a gunshot wound and her son dying on the floor.
The shooting and stand-off were sparked by a conversation between Pardus and an unidentified doctor over the care of his mother.
During the discussion, he became “overwhelmed by the news of his mother’s condition,” said Baltimore police commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, and pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waist, shooting the doctor in the abdomen.
The doctor collapsed outside the doorway.
“The suspect was seen running into his mother’s room, brandishing the handgun in the direction of his mother, who was confined to the bed,” said Bealefeld.
The doctor who has not been named was immediately taken to surgery and his condition was said to be stable.
Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide.
Jacqueline Billy, a nurse who works in respiratory care, said she was on the seventh floor when the doctor was shot. She said she got in an elevator and accidentally went up to the eighth floor. She was greeted by police, guns drawn, who ordered her to shut the door.
“I was petrified, the door opened and there are a bunch of guns. You never expect that,” she said.
The Nelson Building, the main hospital tower, is home to orthopedic, spine, trauma and thoracic services.
With more than 30,000 employees, Johns Hopkins Medicine is among Maryland’s largest private employers and the largest in Baltimore. The hospital has more than 1,000 beds and more than 1,700 full-time doctors.