Officials: Doctor shot inside hospital has died

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Police: Doctor Shot Before Gunman Killed Himself

BOSTON (AP) -- A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday before killing himself.

Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women's Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor.

Pasceri, of Millbury, shot the doctor twice just outside an examination room on the second floor of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center; he then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said officers conducting a room-by-room search found the gunman dead in an exam room with the weapon.

Hospital officials late Tuesday identified the physician as Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of Endovascular Cardiac 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," said a statement issued by the hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. "It is truly devastating that his own life was taken in this horrible manner."

Police said Pasceri wasn't a patient of the doctor's and they didn't specify a motive for the shootings.

"We're in the process of talking to witnesses, but it's leading us to believe there was something in the past that upset this guy, that made him go in and look for this particular doctor," Evans said earlier in the day.

Police and hospital officials commended the fast response by police and hospital staff, who they said had been trained to respond to an "active shooter" situation.

Evans said police were on the scene within seconds after getting the first calls of shots fired and had the area secured within 15 minutes.

Betsy Nabel, the hospital's president, said Brigham and Women's will evaluate its safety protocols. She said there have been no discussions about installing metal detectors, which none of the city's hospitals have.

Tuesday's shooting prompted a temporary lockdown at the Shapiro center. Hospital staff were asked to remain in place and the building did not accept new patients.

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Officials: Doctor shot inside hospital has died
Medical personnel walk past law enforcement officials, right, as they depart the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. A person was critically shot at the hospital Tuesday and a suspect was in custody, Boston police said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Police in Boston say one person was shot inside the Brigham and Women's Hospital. They say the suspect is in custody and that the situation is under control. The shooting happened in the building that houses the cardiovascular unit, the hospital says shortly after 11 a.m. local time. Police say the hospital is not in lockdown mode but hospital officials say they've asked all staff to remain in place.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, right, faces reporters during a news conference as Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, behind center, looks on at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston. Police say a doctor was shot inside the prestigious Boston hospital before the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President of Brigham and Women's Hospital Elizabeth Nabel, front, faces reporters during a news conference at the hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston. Police say a doctor was shot inside the prestigious Boston hospital before the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, behind left, and Commissioner William Evans, behind right, look on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A law enforcement official, center, speaks with an unidentified woman, right, outside the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston. Police say a doctor was shot inside the prestigious Boston hospital before the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A Boston police vehicle is parked on the street outside the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston. Police say a doctor was shot inside the prestigious Boston hospital before the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Ron Walls, center, vice president and chief operating officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital, faces reporters during a news conference at the hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston. Police say a doctor was shot inside the prestigious Boston hospital before the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, behind left, and Commissioner William Evans, behind right, look on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, center left, walks through a revolving door as he departs the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Boston. A person was critically shot at the hospital Tuesday and a suspect was in custody, Boston police said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
BOSTON - JANUARY 20: Boston Police use yellow tape to close off the scene at the Shapiro Building. A doctor was shot on January 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said. The gunman then turned his weapon on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 20: Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross far right, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, center, look out on the evacuation of the Shapiro building. A doctor was shot on January 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said. The gunman then turned his weapon on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 20: Some distressed hospital personnel evacuate the Shapiro Hospital building. A doctor was shot on January 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said. The gunman then turned his weapon on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 20: Some hospital personnel are escorted out of the Shapiro hospital building. A doctor was shot on January 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said. The gunman then turned his weapon on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 20: The front door to Brigham and Women's Hospital. A doctor was shot on January 20, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a gunman entered the building and asked for him by name, authorities said. The gunman then turned his weapon on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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