Texas: Indian-origin pediatrician fatally shoots another doctor, himself
A 43-year-old Indian-origin pediatrician shot dead a lady doctor and then killed himself after taking hostages at a medical office in Austin, capital of Texas, in the United States of America. The police said that the armed man was identified as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Man walked into Children's Medical Group office with a gun
"Police received a call on Tuesday saying a man walked into the office of Children's Medical Group (CMG) with a gun and was holding hostages inside the building," CNN reported, citing Austin Police Department's press release.
Several hostages escaped, others were allowed to leave
Police said, "Initially several hostages were being held, but several escaped and others were allowed to leave, except a pediatrician named Dr. Katherine Dodson." The hostages who escaped the office told officers on the scene that the man was armed with a pistol and what appeared to be a shotgun. The man also had two duffel bags.
Dr. Narumanchi had visited CMG a week prior to shooting
Dr. Narumanchi had visited the CMG office a week prior to the shooting and applied for a volunteer position. Other than his recent visit, the police was unable to find a connection between Dr. Dodson and Dr. Narumanchi.
Dr. Narumanchi apparently shot himself after shooting Dr. Dodson
Hostage negotiators had tried to make contact with Dr. Narumanchi but were unsuccessful. "After repeated attempts, SWAT officers entered the building where they found Dr. Dodson and Dr. Narumanchi dead from the apparent gunshot wounds," the CNN report said. "It appeared that Dr. Narumanchi shot himself after shooting Dr. Dodson," according to the police department's news release.
Travis County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy
The incident is still under investigation. The Travis County Medical Examiner will be conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.