Gunman Targets Cardiac Surgeon at Boston Hospital

Suspect asked for the doctor by name before opening fire and delivering two life-threatening shots.
1:35 | 01/21/15

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nation's most prestigious hospitals in lockdown for a time. Brigham and women's hospital in Boston. The chaos from above, inside, a gunman opening fire, targeting a surgeon. Tonight, officials warning it could have been much worse, saying that hospital, though medical workers, had trained for this. Here's ABC's David Wright. Reporter: 11:07 this morning. Boston police receive the 911 call. A doctor shot and injured at one the city's most prestigious hospitals. They were telling everybody to get down and get down and get to the elevator and it just caused a mass panic, so, everyone just started screaming and running. It was pretty scary. Not going to lie. Republican police say the suspect asked for the doctor by name when he entered the hospital. A cardiac surgeon, shot twice. The injuries, said to be life-threatening. There's something in this past that upset this guy to come in looking for this doctor. Reporter: The Brigham and women's does not have metal detectors. But they do regular active shooter drills, like this one at a New Jersey hospital. Violence at places of healing is unfortunately one of the hidden dangers for health care workers. In Minnesota, just two months ago, a patient armed with a metal bar went on a rampage. The incident caught on camera. Here in Boston, the suspect, identified at 55-year-old Stephen pass carry, was found dead in an examining room. His wounds apparently self-inflicted. He was not a patient at this hospital, but our Boston affiliate reports that his mother died two months ago and that she had been a patient of this doctor.

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