Seattle Grace Mercy West Shooting

The Seattle Grace Mercy West Shooting was a mass murder that occurred at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital when Gary Clark entered the hospital armed with the intention to shoot and kill Derek Shepherd, Richard Webber and Lexie Grey as revenge for the death of his wife, a former patient.

The Shooting Edit

Lead UpEdit

After Meredith Grey discovered that Richard Webber, the hospital's Chief of Surgery, had resumed drinking after 30 years of sobriety she told her husband Derek Shepherd about her discovery. This led Derek to go to the Board with his concerns and was instated as the interim Chief of Surgery when Richard was asked to step down.



Reed Adamson becomes the first victim of the shooting. ("Sanctuary")

Gary Clark arrived at the hospital looking for Derek and found himself in the midst of a busy E.R. He unsuccessfully tried to learn of Shepherd's location after asking Dr. Reed Adamson and when Reed confronted him he shot her point blank in the head, claiming his first victim within the hospital. Dr. Alex Karev then walked in and shot by Clark but his injury was not fatal. He managed to crawl to an elevator where he would be later found by Drs. Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan, leaving Reed's body where it would soon be found by Dr. April Kepner. After discovering her best friend's body, a distraught April told Derek that Reed had been shot. Derek subsequently called the police and placed the hospital on lockdown. Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Charles Percy were tending to a patient and hid when they witnessed Clark roaming the halls. Clark found both of them, yet fatally shot Dr. Charles Percy but Dr. Miranda Bailey pretended to be a nurse and was spared by Gary Clark. Later on, Mr.Clark found Dr.Shephard, and shot him in front of Meredith and Cristina.


The shooting left the hospital's staff forever changed, most notably Cristina, Meredith, Derek, Lexie and Jackson. The doctors most affected were all forced to undergo therapy sessions with trauma counselor Andrew Perkins and were required to be cleared for surgery. Meredith and Cristina were the last to be cleared -- Meredith when she accepted what happened with her pregnancy and told Derek and Cristina when Richard and Teddy went over Perkins' head to get her back into the O.R.

After recovering from his gunshot wound, Derek ultimately resigned from his position as Chief of Surgery and returned to being a surgeon, citing it as "who he was" and Richard Webber was reinstated permanently after taking over for Derek during his recovery. Meredith initially kept the news of her pregnancy and miscarriage from Derek -- ensuring first that Cristina, April and Owen remained quiet about what happened. She eventually told Derek the truth thus bringing them closer together. Lexie suffered a breakdown and had to be admitted to Psych by Mark. Her inability to handle what happened saw the end of her relationship with Alex, who couldn't handle supporting her after his previous experiences with his mother, Ava and Izzie. Bailey also ended her relationship with Ben Warren, citing that she was unable to handle a relationship while overcoming her scars from the day.


Cristina tells Owen of her decision to quit the program. ("That's Me Trying")

The doctor most changed by the shooting, however, was Cristina who suffered severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that ultimatly led her to resign from the residency program. Yang's superiors, especially Derek who supported her out of a debt to her for saving his life, urged her to re-ignite her passion for medicine as she pushed to return to who she was before the surgery.

When , wherein Miranda Bailey was not adequately trained in T&T to stabilize and save Charles Percy.

The shooting also caused a reluctant Amelia Shepherd, Derek's youngest sister (herself a neurosurgeon), to visit Seattle at the request of Addison Montgomery. Resulting from her arrival, Amelia and Derek ultimately reconciled their estranged relationship.

Fatalities and CasualtiesEdit

  • Dr. Charles Percy (Fatality)
  • Dr. Derek Shepherd (Casualty)
  • Dr. Alex Karev (Casualty)
  • Dr. Owen Hunt (Casualty)
  • Nurse Vivian (Fatality)
  • Unknown Nurse (Fatality)
  • Unknown Doctor (Fatality)
  • Security Guard (Fatality)
  • Dr. Reed Adamson (Fatality)
  • Gary Clark (Fatality)
  • Unknown man outside of the hospital in his car (Unknown)
  • 11 people died out of the 18 shot
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