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Johns Hopkins surgeon shot during carjacking on way to work in Northeast Baltimore

A Johns Hopkins surgeon was shot Friday morning in Northeast Baltimore during a carjacking.

Dr. Madhu Subramanian, 38, was shot just after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and E. 36th Street, according to hospital officials. Police said the shooting happened in the 1100 block of E. 36th Street and officers who were called to the area found him nearby in the 1200 block.

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Police would not confirm additional details about the incident Friday, but Johns Hopkins spokeswoman Kim Hoppe said Subramanian was treated for a gunshot wound at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.

Subramanian is an acute care surgeon “who specializes in burn treatment and management, general surgery and trauma and critical care surgery,” according to the Johns Hopkins website.

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Johns Hopkins surgeon Joseph Sakran wrote on Twitter that he had treated his colleague that day, saying that “nothing prepares you when the person you have to take care of is one of your own.” He added: “We are so grateful he survived this horrific incident and will be ok.”

Sakran, a gun violence prevention advocate who was nearly killed by a stray bullet in high school, said “As a survivor of gun violence, I can tell you that the physical wounds will heal much quicker than the emotional / mental trauma that this type of tragic incident has on a person.”

Johns Hopkins officials shared the news of the shooting in an email to staff sent Friday evening.

“With his permission, we can share that Dr. Madhu Subramanian, a trauma and acute care surgeon, was on his way to work at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center when the incident occurred near the 3600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard,” said the email, signed by Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul B. Rothman and Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin W. Sowers. “Thankfully, Dr. Subramanian was not seriously injured and has been treated and released.”

“Unfortunately, our community, like so many others around the city, has experienced a troubling increase in crime in recent weeks that affects us all,” the email continued. “News like this is understandably upsetting and can provoke fear and anxiety.”

Councilwoman Odette Ramos, whose district includes the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood where the shooting occurred, said the shooting stemmed from a carjacking.

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“It is really disturbing,” she said.

Carjackings have been a persistent problem in the area and citywide. According to the latest police department numbers, carjackings are up 67%, with 135 carjackings reported so far this year, up from 81 at the same time last year. Previously, police reported a decline, but the discrepancy was attributed to a new reporting system, which had previously categorized those incidents as miscellaneous. Overall, robberies, which include carjackings, are up more than 20% this year.

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The shooting occurred near Baltimore City College high school, which has a first bell of 7:45 a.m., she said.

“There were students and lots of people out,” she said.

Ramos said she wants residents to be aware of the situation, but didn’t want it to take away from the positive work going on in the city.

“I’m really sorry this happened and I am really mad,” she said, “but there are so many other positive things are happening as well.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northeast District shooting detectives at 410-396-2444.


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