According to many news outlets including ABC and the Baltimore Sun a shooting occurred Thursday at a well known Baltimore hospital.
The shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD leaves two people dead and one injured. On September 16th, while visiting his mother, Paul Warren Pardus whom hospital staff knew as Paul Davis, 50, opened fire in the hospital. Mr. Pardus according to reports was a permanent fixture in his 84 year old mother Jean Davis’s room. He had spent every night by her bedside for the entire week prior to the shooting. Recently, Ms. Davis underwent surgery for cancer related treatment. It was during a talk with Dr. David B. Cohen when Mr. Pardus opened fire shooting Dr. Cohen, his ailing mother, and himself. Dr. Cohen was rushed into surgery and is expected to live. Ms. Davis and her son were both fatally wounded.
Many people were left wondering why Mr. Pardus would shoot Dr. Cohen. Police, as well as people who knew Mr. Pardus believe that the action was in retaliation for a medical mistake. Mrs. Davis was left paralyzed because of her recent surgery. People who knew Mr. Pardus believe that he felt it was Dr. Cohen, the overseeing physician’s fault that his mother was paralyzed.
According to neighbors and friends Paul Warren Pardus was very kind. He had been a driver for the disabled. They also stated that Mr. Pardus was extremely close to his mother and seeing her suffering was a great pain for him. According to records in the state of Virginia where Pardus and his mother were from, Pardus was relatively quiet and straight laced. While he carried a concealed weapons permit, other than a few minor traffic violations he had a clean criminal record. He did however file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1998. He is the holder of a copyright belonging to a screenplay and he held the rights to the song “I Love the Lord.”
The shooting has left many in the Johns Hopkins vicinity shocked and frightened. Many are cited as saying that the ordeal was a shocking and scary reminder of reality. While this is an anomaly and not an everyday occurrence, the shooting was a reminder to those in the area that tragedies like this do occur. For people who knew Paul Warren Pardus and Jean Davis, this comes as a shock that a quiet individual could act out in a violent manner. It is a reminder to everyone nationwide that under stress even the nicest of individuals can turn raw emotion deadly.
In a shocking and eerily twist of irony, just hours after the Johns Hopkins shooting, Newser reported that ABC re-aired the hospital shooting episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The episode deals with a man shooting one of the doctor’s after his ailing wife dies during surgery. Now before jumping the gun and saying that ABC as a whole was wrong, they had chosen to replay the episode prior to the events. Following the Johns Hopkins shooting, ABC headquarters gave local affiliates the choice to air other Grey’s Anatomy episodes in place of the 2-hour shooting episode titled “Sanctuary” and “Death and All His Friends.” People in Baltimore are upset that WMAR, ABC Baltimore affiliate chose to go as scheduled and play the episode. Personally, I find it rather tasteless that after something eerily similar happened at Maryland’s best known hospital, WMAR would still go forward and play the scheduled 2-hour episode. It seems very tasteless on their part and they have no excuse as ABC gave local affiliates permission to play other episodes.
ABC News; Emily Friedman; “John’s Hopkins Hospital: Gunman Shoots Doctor, Then Kills Self and Mother”
Baltimore Sun; Justin Fenton, Erica L. Green, and Raven L. Hill; “Police: Man upset over mother’s care at Hopkins kills her, himself”
Newser.com; Evann Gastalado; “ABC Reairs Grey’s Episode About Hospital Shooting”