*UPDATED 1/20 11:45pm
Dr. Michael Davidson has died after not being able to recover from the severe extent of his gunshot wounds. The father of 3 whose wife is a plastic surgeon succumbed to his injuries late Tuesday night, after several hours of surgery.
The Boston Globe reported that Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, the hospital’s president, wrote in a late-night statement to staff members, “Dr. Davidson was a wonderful and inspiring bright light and an outstanding cardiac surgeon who devoted his career to saving lives and improving the quality of life of every patient he cared for. It is truly devastating that his own life was taken in this horrible manner.”
Cardiologist Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s hospital is in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot by a gunman named Stephen Pasceri, a 55-year-old Millbury resident, who fatally shot himself in a nearby exam room.
Davidson, who was a cardiac surgeon at the hospital, was rushed to the emergency room by his colleagues where he is being surgically treated for life-threatening injuries.
Officers conducted a room-by-room search and found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted wound in an examination room with the gun laying beside him.
Pasceri, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, came into the hospital asking for the particular doctor by name. Just after 11 a.m., he walked into foyer of the cardiovascular section of the second floor of the Shapiro Building and shot Davidson twice in the chest.
My Fox Boston interviewed a witness who explained how chaotic the scene was. The hospital made a plain announcement about a situation, saying that there was a life-threatening emergency and individuals should go into a room and lock the doors. A few moments later, police officers rushed onto the 2nd floor with their guns drawn, shouting at people to “Get down!” or “Get back!”
People started screaming and running to the glass-enclosed walkway that connects the Shapiro to the other hospital buildings. A man named James Patelli who was there while his son had surgery described the scene saying, “It was panic. People were falling down, knocking people over. It was crazy, it was surreal.” The hospital went under Code Black, which means that the hospital wasn’t accepting any additional patients at the time. Since Boston had their own terrorist attack- the Boston bombing- people witnessing the scene immediately feared that this was another terrorist attack.
According to Heavy, Dr. Davidson previously treated Stephen Pasceri’s mother. She died on November 15, 2014 while surrounded by her family at Brigham. Police are still trying to determine what the exact motive was for the shooting. It is possible that Pasceri may have held a grudge against Davidson for using an incorrect treatment for his mother, ultimately leading to her death.
The only problem that Pasceri had with the health care system before is after his father, Greg, suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed by ambulance to UMass Medical Center in December 2011, where he died about 15 minutes later. Greg’s wife, Marguerite Pasceri, was left with an $8,000 bill a month later, so Stephen Pasceri contacted then-Senator John Kerry, asking why the bill was so excessively large, but not expecting help with the costs. The family was still very grateful for the care their father received during his stay at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Pasceri had a license to carry a gun, and his family had no idea of his intentions. Pasceri’s friends and family were shocked and devastated. His friend Michelle Piselli said, “I can’t believe it, he’s such a nice man, and a beautiful family. Doesn’t make any sense.” Pasceri was worked as an accountant and had 4 adult children and a wife named Teresa who works in a hospice. His family was also very involved with their church.