Surgeon killed in murder-suicide at Florida Hospital parking garage

Police are still investigating a murder-suicide in a parking garage at Florida Hospital in Orlando that left a doctor and gunman dead on Thursday afternoon.

The doctor was identified as 41-year-old Dmitriy Nikitin, who Florida Hospital described as a multi-organ transplant surgeon.

Police have not yet been able to find a next of kin for the gunman, who lived alone, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Barbara Jones. When his next of kin have been notified, police will reveal his identity.

Local news agencies are reporting that the gunman was a patient at the hospital, but that has not been confirmed by law-enforcement officials.

No information was released about how the gunman might have known Nikitin.

Officers closed off the hospital garage after being called about 5:10 p.m. to the facility at 601 E. Rollins St. Jones said that the shooting happened near the elevators on the first floor of the garage, which is used by employees and patients' families.

"The Florida Hospital family is deeply saddened by the tragic event Thursday evening which has taken two lives, one of whom is Dr. Dmitriy A. Nikitin, a respected and talented multi-organ transplant surgeon," Florida Hospital said in a statement released tonight. "At this time, we ask for your sympathy as we and the family of Dr. Nikitin grieve for our loss."

Police did not release any information about the type of weapon used in the shooting, or whether it was recovered.

The Orlando Fire Department said it took the shooting victims to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Police did not release details of exactly when the men died.

The victims were taken to ORMC because it is the region's only level-one trauma center.

According to his profile on the Florida Hospital website, Nikitin was "board certified in general surgery specializing in multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery. He completed his Transplantation Surgery Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and his General Surgery Residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Nikitin completed his residency in anesthesia and intensive care in Omsk, Russia, the profile said. In addition to English, he spoke Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish.

Nikitin was also an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine, according to the school's website.

Almost a year ago, he was part of a surgical team that set a Florida Hospital record for the most number of transplants ever done in a weekend. By the time the surgeons put down their scalpels, they had transplanted three livers and five kidneys and harvested two hearts, four livers, four sets of kidneys and a pancreas. or 407-420-517. or 407-420-5189.

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