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Doctor Shot At Brigham & Women’s Hospital Has Died

This post has been updated.

WBUR reports that the doctor shot at Brigham & Women’s Hospital yesterday has died:

A cardiac surgeon was shot inside Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital Tuesday and later succumbed to his injuries, police said, and the suspected shooter was found dead in an examination room from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dr. Michael Davidson (Courtesy of Brigham and Women's Hospital)

“This evening, Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of Endovascular Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has tragically died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained this morning during the shooting event at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center,” the hospital said in a statement late Tuesday.

The 44-year-old from Wellesley was shot twice, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a midday news conference, before Davidson died.

“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,” the hospital statement added. “It is truly devastating that his own life was taken in this horrible manner.”

A former Brigham & Women’s cardiologist who worked with Davidson often called him “a dynamic and energetic thought leader in cardiovascular medicine.”

Police are seen outside the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Tuesday, where one person was shot. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Police are seen outside the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Tuesday, where one person was shot. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Hospital employees had been well-drilled for this disturbing eventuality.

In November 2013 we reported that about 1,200 Brigham doctors, nurses and other staff viewed the hospital’s new “Active Shooter Preparedness Training” video, which offers a step-by-step guide on how to handle a hospital shooter, which in some cases is called a “Code Silver.” Continue reading

Breaking: Shooting At Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Associated Press reports that an inmate going for treatment at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston shot a deputy sheriff today and was then shot and critically wounded by another officer:

R23W/flickr

R23W/flickr

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the shooting happened around noon in the emergency room of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The two officers from Middlesex County were removing the inmate’s handcuffs when the man grabbed for the gun of one of the officers, he said. During the struggle that followed, one of the deputies was shot in the leg.

The other deputy sheriff then fired his weapon, striking the prisoner in the chest, Davis said.

The officer was taken to nearby Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was in stable condition. The inmate, taken to the same hospital, was believed to be in critical condition. Continue reading