Hopkins doctor shot by patient's son in fair condition

The Johns Hopkins doctor who was shot by the son of a patient is in fair condition today, a hospital spokesman said.

David B. Cohen was shot yesterday after a tense discussion with the son, who was distraught about his mother's condition. The shooter, Paul Warren Pardus, then locked himself in the room with his mother and fatally shot her and himself.

The incident caused a day-long panic at the hospital, where many people were evacuated and others were told to stay in their offices and rooms. The doctor was taken into surgery and his condition, initially listed as critical, improved. His injuries were not considered life threatening, according to police.

Hopkins officials will not release any more information on the doctor, citing patient privacy.

Such an event is rare and it doesn't seem like the hospital plans a big overhaul of security. And in the meantime, lot of colleagues and patients of Dr. Cohen are talking about the doctor. They say he is well liked and considered a real professional.

So, what do you make of the situation? You think the hospital ought to up security to protect doctors and staff -- and even patients? Do you have a personal experience with this doctor or have a story about a tense situation with another doctor?

- Meredith Cohn

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