Police have shot and killed an assailant who shot a doctor at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday, police said.
The suspect shot a faculty physician at the hospital just after 11 a.m., police said. The doctor was rushed to surgery and is expected to survive, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman.
Authorities had evacuated part of the hospital after the shooting and then police attempted to isolate the suspect, identified by police as an African-American man in his 30s,
The shooting took place on the eighth floor of the main hospital, the hospital said. Police said there was talk that the suspect had been holed up with a family member.
The hospital ‘asked employees, visitors, patients and caregivers to stay in rooms or offices until further notice,’ it said in a statement. The hospital also said it has restricted access to the main hospital building after the shooting.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, which first opened in 1889, is part of a $5 billion medical system, according to its website.
The facility, which has 982 beds, has consistently earned the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of more than 4,800 American hospitals, placing first in five medical specialties, among other things.
Guglielmi said the doctor, who was not identified, had non-life-threatening abdominal injuries.
‘He’s in the best place he could ever be,’ he said, referring to the hospital.
‘He’s going to be OK,’ he said.