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Update on Shooting at The Johns Hopkins Hospital - 09/17/2010

Update on Shooting at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Release Date: September 17, 2010

Updated Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m.- At approximately 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, The Johns Hopkins Hospital alerted Baltimore City police that a visitor who was a resident of Virginia shot and wounded a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty physician on the eighth floor of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Nelson Building. Police responded within minutes, and the individual was isolated and contained by police. No other patients, visitors or employees were in harm’s way at that point. Sometime during his containment, the individual fatally shot himself and, tragically, his mother, who was a patient on the unit. 

The physician who was wounded was immediately transported to the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine and underwent surgery. The physician is in fair condition. Privacy and confidentiality concerns prohibit us from giving further details at this time.

Immediately after the onset of the incident, The Johns Hopkins Hospital initiated its emergency response procedures and Johns Hopkins Security teams responded rapidly and professionally, as did the Baltimore City police and fire departments along with other tactical units. Their swift actions assured that our patients, visitors and employees were well protected.

Johns Hopkins never closes. Our doctors, nurses and staff took care of our very sick patients even during the crisis. Within hours of the incident, we were again fully up to speed. The hospital has a rigorous emergency management system that was in full swing during the event and, while ensuring patient, staff and visitor safety, it kept essential services running.

At no time during this incident or its aftermath were any Hospital operations outside of Nelson 8 compromised.

Hospitals are and must remain places of hope and healing that are open to the public. They cannot be turned into armed citadels. Hopkins has more than 80 entrances just to the main hospital and 80,000 visitors a week. We have highly professional security and work closely with Baltimore City police. But as with any very large public place, isolated incidents will occur. We deeply regret the event that occurred, and our institution will continue as always to assess and reassess our security needs.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital currently employs about 400 security guards to protect The Hospital and its immediate surroundings. These guards are highly trained professionals and they demonstrated that professionalism during yesterday’s incident, as they have for decades.

Nevertheless, while we continue to have full confidence in our security staff and their procedures and processes, we will review and assess our security procedures to determine if they can be enhanced or improved.

For further incident details, please contact Anthony Guglielmi, public affairs officer with the Baltimore City Police Department, at 410-396-2012.