BOSTON (WPRI) — A doctor who was shot Tuesday morning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has died.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital confirmed in a statement that Dr. Michael Davidson had succumbed to his injuries after undergoing surgery.
“Dr. Davidson was a wonderful and inspiring cardiac surgeon who devoted his career to saving lives and improving the quality of life of every patient he cared for,” in a statement from the hospital. “It is truly devastating that his own life was taken in this horrible manner.”
The shooting happened at about 11 a.m. at the hospital’s Shapiro Center, which is located at 70 Francis St. Police responded quickly and secured the hospital, not allowing any new patients to enter.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the suspect – later identified as Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury – specifically asked for the surgeon by name. He then shot the 44-year-old doctor twice outside an examination room before turning the gun on himself.
Officers conducted a room-by-room search and found the gunman dead, then recovered the weapon.
Pasceri’s motive is unknown at this time as the investigation is in its preliminary stages, according to Evans.
However, according to The Boston Herald, the doctor was said to have operated on Pasceri’s mother, who died in November.
Following the shooting, the hospital said the Shapiro Center was placed in lockdown and all staff was asked to remain in place.
Evans said the department conducted active shooter trainings at Brigham and Women’s last year and that “staff did exactly what they were supposed to do.”
According to Massachusetts State Police, there were road closures in the area as police responded.
Hospital President Betsey Nabel said Brigham and Women’s will evaluate its safety protocols, but there have been no discussions about installing metal detectors, which no hospitals in Boston have.
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