Two Hospital Employees Dead in Shooting
Apr. 09, 2003
BOSTON (AP) _ A prominent cardiologist and another hospital employee were found shot to death at a Boston hospital, and police said the two were alone in a small office when shots were fired.
Authorities would not say whether the double shooting Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital was a murder-suicide, but said they were not seeking any suspects.
``We don't believe there was anyone else involved,'' said police spokeswoman Mariellen Burns. She said several shots were fired from a handgun found in the office.
Dr. Brian McGovern and Colleen Mitchell were taken to the emergency room, but both were pronounced dead.
Neither police nor hospital officials would comment on a possible motive for the shooting. Burns said police were waiting for autopsy results and interviewing people who worked in the office as well as people who knew the two.
The shooting took place about 10 a.m. in a small office in the hospital's Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Electrophysiology Lab, where McGovern worked, according to Dr. Peter Slavin, president of the hospital.
Hospital spokeswoman Nicole Gustin said Mitchell, 51, worked with McGovern in the Electrophysiology Lab. It was not clear how closely the two worked together.
McGovern, 47, a native of Ireland, was co-director of the hospital's Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and specialized in treating patients with disturbances of the heart rhythm.
He also was an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the Atrial Fibrillation Foundation, created by patients and physicians to encourage research into the disease.
Slavin said McGovern was a ``very well-respected, well-regarded'' physician at the hospital, where he had worked for more than 20 years.
``He was an outgoing and friendly person. He had a nice Irish brogue and a twinkle in his eye,'' said David Torchiana, chief executive and chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization.
Slavin said McGovern had two young daughters and was married to a physician who did not work at Massachusetts General.
``Not only is this a very difficult episode, a tragic episode for them ... it's a very difficult episode for the entire MGH community,'' Slavin said.
Counseling and other services were being provided to all employees affected by the shooting, he said.