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The gunman was identified as Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, by police who notified his family of the incident.
Pasceri, who had a license to carry a firearm, was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
"We have a doctor from Brigham and Women's who sustained what we believe to be two gunshot wounds. He is in life-threatening condition," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
Marguerite Pasceri, who died Nov. 15, was a patient of the doctor, sources told WMUR's sister station WCVB.
Her obituary wrote that she 'died surrounded by the family she had loved so much in life. A light has gone from the world that can never be replaced.'
In the same obituary, it added that she will be deeply missed by her children, Stephen, Angela, Matthew, Andrew and Rebecca.
The Massachusetts Public Notices advisory states that Stephen Pasceri was also the executor of his mother’s will and estate.
Earlier Boston police had mistakenly tweeted that Pasceri had been apprehended and was in custody.
Hospital employees are well-drilled for the nightmare scenario of a shooter inside the building.
In November 2013, doctors and nurses and other staff at the world-famous institution underwent training for an active shooter situation and viewed a video for a so-called 'Code Silver' event.
'I am extremely proud of the way our staff responded,' said hospital president Dr. Elizabeth Nabel according to the Boston Globe.
DailyMail in all their wisdom said "Eff that!" and of course printed the doctor's name.
It's a sad day when surgeons dedicate their life to saving lives, and one of the lives they have to save may be a friend they stand next to every single day.
The 44-year-old heart surgeon shot to death yesterday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital courageously yelled for patients and staff to flee moments before the gunfire erupted, his heartbroken father-in-law told the Herald today.
“He was a hero — he told everybody to get out,” Michael J. Davidson’s father-in-law said. With tears welling in his eyes, Davidson’s father-in-law said the Brigham and Women’s doctor thought of others even as the gunman was moments away from pulling the trigger.
“He started yelling, ‘Get out. Get out.’ He knew it was coming,” Davidson’s father-in-law said police told the family about his heroic actions.
Davidson leaves behind three children: two girls, who are 9 and 7 years old, and a 2-year-old boy. His wife, also a doctor, was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.
“He loved his family. He loved his kids. He loved my daughter to death,” his father-in-law said.
Davidson’s father-in-law said Davidson went into surgery shortly after the shooting, but doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding from severe injuries to his trachea and liver.
“I thought at one point he was going to make it — they couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
"This evening, Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of Endovascular Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has tragically died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained this morning during the shooting event at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Davidson was a wonderful and inspiring 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. At this time, Dr. Davidson’s family has requested privacy, and we ask for your support in honoring their request during this very difficult time. At this time, no one from BWH will be available to comment further."
The Worcester Telegram reported that in 2012, Pasceri became so furious that his mother had been left with a $8,000 medical bill, he wrote to Senator John Kerry and US Rep. James McGovern to demand an investigation.
However, the newspaper noted that the Pasceri family had no issue with the level of care received by their father at Massachusetts General Hospital.