Texas, USA: A 43-year-old Indian origin terminally ill paediatrician, Dr Bharat Narumanchi carrying guns held Children's Medical Group office in central Austin hostage for hours on Tuesday before fatally shooting a local physician, Katherine Dodson and himself in Austin, USA.
According to Austin police, On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Austin 911 received a Gun Hot Shot call. "The caller reported that a male subject entered their place of business, a doctor's office, with a gun and was holding hostages inside. As the incident began to unfold, it was learned that several hostages were in fact being held inside the business. Several hostages initially escaped and others were later allowed to leave with the exception of Dr Katherine Dodson," said the police.
The police identify the suspect as Dr Bharat Narumanchi.
Police also learned that Dr Narumanchi had been to this office a week ago and applied for a volunteer position.
"Dr Narumanchi was a paediatrician who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Hostages reported to officers that he was armed with a pistol and what appeared to be a shotgun and had two duffel bags. Other than the previously mentioned visit to this office there did not appear to be any relation or other contact between Dr Dodson and Dr Narumanchi," Said the police.
Hostage negotiators arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Dr Narumanchi, to no avail. After several attempts, it was decided to make entry into the building. Austin Police SWAT officers made entry and located both Dr Dodson and Dr Narumanchi deceased inside the building from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Homicide investigators were called out to investigate and process the scene. It appeared that Dr Narumanchi shot himself after shooting Dr. Dodson," said the local police.
The case is still under investigation. The Travis County Medical Examiner will be conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.