Baltimore Police Investigate Whether Hospital Shooting Could Have Been Prevented

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    Baltimore police are looking into whether authorities or Johns Hopkins Hospital workers missed signals that might have prevented a gunman from opening fire at the hospital, officials said.

    Paul Warren Pardus, who was visiting his elderly mother at the hospital, shot her doctor and then killed his mother and himself on Thursday.

    Johns Hopkins 911 Calls

    [DC] Johns Hopkins 911 Calls
    Police released the 911 calls made by witnesses of the Johns Hopkins Hospital shooting. (Published Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010)

    Police began an evaluation of the shooting on Friday, the Baltimore Sun reported. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said they're asking whether there was a clue that could have been picked up. He said it's important to go back and review the shooting for residents' safety.

    Bealefeld says he wants to know whether Pardus always carried his small handgun, which could be "concealed in the palm of your hand," when he visited his mother at the hospital.