Doctor critically injured in Boston hospital shooting

A doctor was critically injured when a man opened fire on Tuesday at a hospital in Boston, police in the US city said, adding the suspected shooter then killed himself.

AFP| Updated: Jan 21, 2015, 01:26 AM IST

New York: A doctor was critically injured when a man opened fire on Tuesday at a hospital in Boston, police in the US city said, adding the suspected shooter then killed himself.

The incident occurred shortly before noon at Brigham and Women`s Hospital, where the situation was now "under control," Boston police chief William Evans said at a press conference.

Police received several 911 calls starting around 11:00 am (1600 GMT) reporting shots fired at the prestigious hospital`s cardiovascular center, across from the main entrance.

"By 11:07, we received another call of a doctor being shot and people barricaded themselves inside offices," Evans said.

The doctor injuries are "life-threatening," he added.

When police arrived on the scene, "they found who we believe to be the suspect inside the examining room, with what appears at this time clearly a self-inflicted gunshot" wound, Evans said.

"Beside him there was what we believe to be the weapon used in this tragedy."