Gunman Paul Warren Pardus shot a faculty physician at 11:15 a.m. before taking refuge. The police were notified and the doctor was rushed to the ER. He is expected to make a full recovery.
After two hours of trying to peacefully remove the gunman from the hospital, police discovered him dead of self-inflicted injuries, along with another body: Jean Davis. Police are reporting this could possibly be a murder/suicide case as the second body had died from a gunshot wound. Pardus reportedly became mentally distraught while hearing about his mother, Jean Davis’, condition when he drew a gun and fired on the physician before locking himself in with the patient/relative. This Just In
Colin Ferguson Long Island Mass Murder
Dec. 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson boarded a train and proceeded to shoot 25 people. Six shots were fatal, the other 19 survived to testify in court. He shot only white people, and specifically shot some while leaving others unharmed, stating only in court that he was being discriminated against by the white race. Sources from Time Magazine
Virginia Tech Massacre
On Monday, April 16, 2007, Seung-Hue Cho shot and killed 32 people, wounding others, before shooting and killing himself. It ranks as the deadliest campus shooting and was committed in two attacks two hours apart. In the aftermath, there was widespread media coverage, including by the Cornell Sun. It also led to federal gun control, the first in 13 years, and criticism of American culture, despite the fact that the shooter was Vietnamese. Also, a new law requiring a criminal background check was also put into place. The HSFM charity fund was started to help with the medical bills for those injured in the attack.
George Tiller Shooting
On Aug. 19, 1993, George Tiller was shot in both arms, non-fatally, by Shelly Shannon, who then received an 11-year prison sentence. On May 31, 16 years later, as reported by Fox News, he was shot close range in the head by anti-abortionist Scott Roeder at a Sunday morning church service. Roeder was arrested three hours later and held for conviction. The effects were shock, many claims on anti-abortion and Tiller’s past in court was brought up. A vigil was held in Tiller’s honor, and President Barack Obama gave a mention on how shocking the murder was.
The Johns Hopkins Murder Case will probably have similar effects as the Virginia Tech Massacre and the George Tiller shooting. The hospital will increase security, and perhaps stricter gun laws will be enforced. The media coverage that ensued will ensure hospital precautions. Perhaps the shooter’s motives were terrorism, frustration with the medical system, as well as his frustration with his mother’s condition. The damage has been done; Baltimore will recuperate and move on.