Dr. Bharat Narumanchi
Dr. Bharat Narumanchi was a terminally ill doctor who had been to the Children’s Medical Group office a week before the attack and applied for a volunteer position. He allegedly entered the hospital in Austin, Texas on January 26 at about 4.30 pm and opened fire, killing physician, Dr. Katherine Dodson.
Narumanchi completed his pediatric residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Austin American Statesman reported. He had attended St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.
Narumanchi was reportedly terminally ill with cancer and shot himself in Dr. Dodson’s office.
How old was Dr. Bharat Narumanchi?
Dr. Bharat Narumanchi’s age has not been publicly announced yet.
Dr. Bharat Narumanchi Austin, Texas
43-year old Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson was shot and killed by Bharat Narumanchi on Tuesday at Children’s Medical Group in Austin, Texas.
A week before the shooting Narumanchi, who was licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida and California, where he most recently practiced, was turned down for a volunteer role at the clinic. Dodson was not believed to have met him at the time.
On Tuesday he showed up at the clinic with a pistol, a shotgun and two duffel bags at 4.30 pm and took Dodson hostage along with four other employees. The four others either escaped or were let go by Narumanchi, but he kept Dodson behind.
At around 10 pm, police sent in a SWAT robot that detected the two bodies.
Bharat Narumanchi Pediatrician
In 2012, Narumanchi was charged with domestic abuse in Hawaii, during a contentious divorce battle, but the case was later dismissed, court records show. It was unclear why he was in Texas, although the paper said he appeared to have relatives in the area.
In addition to striking Dodson, Narumanchi allegedly took several people hostage and refused to release them as police pleaded with him to give in.
“You don’t deserve to go through this… for all you have done for others… that is why I want to help you work through this,” the police officer said to the suspect.
“You have saved a lot of lives.”
During the standoff, the negotiator repeatedly asked the suspect to cooperate.
Hostages reported to officers that he was armed with a pistol and what appeared to be a shotgun and had two duffel bags. Police remain on the scene at the 1900 block of West 35th Street as they continue to investigate the motive.
Who is Lindley Dodson?
Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson was an award-winning doctor. 43-year-old Dodson completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where she graduated magna cum laude.
She attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She joined Children’s Medical Group’s office in 2017, according to its website. Her LinkedIn profile said she was also a partner at CMG.
For 10 years, she worked at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin and was named the hospital’s top pediatric doctor in 2012 and 2017.
Dodson is married and has three children.