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Pennsylvania hospital: Wounded doctor fired back at gunman, officials say
FoxNews ^ | 24 Jul 2014

Posted on 07/24/2014 5:07:21 PM PDT by mandaladon

DARBY, Pa. – A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

The patient opened fire after entering the office with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots.

Several hours after the shooting, investigators had only limited information on what happened inside the closed office but believe the doctor, a psychiatrist, "from all accounts, would have acted in self-defense," Whelan said.

The doctor, who suffered a graze wound to his head, "faced a situation where his life was in jeopardy," Whelan said.

Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that, "without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives."

"Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition," Molineux said.

The dead caseworker was identified only as a 53-year-old woman who had entered the doctor's office with the patient before the gunfire erupted. Police said they were trying to find relatives to notify.

Two guns were recovered, Whelan said. Authorities said the motive for the shooting was unknown.

The patient, who was critically injured and was taken into custody, was identified as Richard Plotts, an Upper Darby resident in his mid-30s.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns
"Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition," Molineux said....................Let's see how liberals spin this...
1 posted on 07/24/2014 5:07:21 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Doc Holiday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8S69smV7Q8


2 posted on 07/24/2014 5:14:41 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: mandaladon

Clearly the doctor should have called 911 and waited for police to arrive. Only police, after waiting for a SWAT team to arrive should have engaged the shooter as they are the only one properly trained to respond to a situation like this. /s


3 posted on 07/24/2014 5:15:13 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

....And only after waiting a sufficient time to analyze the situation before entering he building !


4 posted on 07/24/2014 5:18:36 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: mandaladon
Authorities said the motive for the shooting was unknown.

I'll go waaaaaaaaay out on a limb here: The shooter is bat**** crazy.

5 posted on 07/24/2014 5:19:44 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: mandaladon

If there is justification for anybody to carry a weapon, it would be a psychiatrist.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 5:23:37 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Sooth2222
Authorities said the motive for the shooting was unknown.

That one's easy: to make unarmed people DIE!

7 posted on 07/24/2014 5:23:59 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: matt04

LOL...yeah right. The Darby Doc is my kind of Physician.


8 posted on 07/24/2014 5:26:36 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...Time to honor it....be a Patriot.)
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To: WVNan

Amen, if you treat the insane then it stand to reason at some point you will have to protect yourself. So many in Psychiatric services have been attacked at some point.


9 posted on 07/24/2014 5:27:48 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...Time to honor it....be a Patriot.)
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To: matt04

Wait, this couldn’t have happened all clinics medical offices and hospitals are gun free zones, they’re clearly marked with a sign on the door visible from ten feet.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 5:29:00 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: mandaladon

So who did ‘Dick’ vote for? I’m guessing he’s a socialist.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 5:29:29 PM PDT by eldoradude (How many republicrats/demoblicans does it take to change a light bulb?)
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To: papertyger; All

Note that this occurred in a disarmed victim zone, and less than four people were killed by the assailant.

Because less than four people were killed by the assailant, the disarmed population proponents will say:

“See, he did not stop a mass killing! It does not qualify as a mass killing, because less than four people were killed!

Everybody should understand that “catch 22”.

This shooting will be added to the over 15 others on this list:

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/mass-killings-stopped-by-armed-citizens.html


12 posted on 07/24/2014 5:30:29 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: mandaladon

That doctor will probably lose his job. Beats dying, though.


13 posted on 07/24/2014 5:34:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mandaladon

From the article: the doctor definitely saved
lives.

Can’t we say the doctor’s gun saved lives by itself?


14 posted on 07/24/2014 5:35:02 PM PDT by WKTimpco
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To: mandaladon

“Physician, arm thyself.”


15 posted on 07/24/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: WKTimpco

> Can’t we say the doctor’s gun saved lives by itself?

No, we can only say that guns kill people.

[If it wasn’t for double standards the Left would have no standards at all.]


16 posted on 07/24/2014 5:43:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mandaladon

Guns save lives. That is a proven fact once again.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 5:52:30 PM PDT by Q-ManRN (Progressivism is regressive!)
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To: WVNan
If there is justification for anybody to carry a weapon, it would be a psychiatrist.

In one of those "Inside The Walls" shows about life in a California maximum-security prison, there's a scene in which an inmate is having his weekly (or maybe monthly) session with his state-provided psychiatrist.

What was striking about it was that the entire session was conducted with the inmate standing inside a steel cage the size of an old-fashioned telephone booth. And this wasn't a wire-mesh cage. It was a cage made out of steel plate, perforated with what looked like 3/8" holes.

This was outdoors. The psychiatrist was standing also, dressed in casual clothes. The tone of the conversation was also casual. They were talking about the inmates plans for what he would be doing after his release (which was about a month away).

18 posted on 07/24/2014 6:06:50 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: mandaladon

So who shot the case worker?


19 posted on 07/24/2014 6:17:47 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: eldoradude

I’d bet on it. How do we look up guys like this on the internet, again?


20 posted on 07/24/2014 7:07:25 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: matt04; Red in Blue PA; FreedomStar3028

Either that or made sure his gun was safely locked away.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 7:23:10 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: mandaladon
The doctor should remind the hospital that as a CCW holder he was the first at the scene of the attempted murder and resisted the attack to save his life and those of others. He does not have a duty to become a murder victim because the brain dead fools who run the hospital are hoplophobes (have an unreasoning fear of weapons [guns]). If the hospital wants to fire him for disobeying policy, they will make this doctor a very rich man. Especially when the cops are on the doctor's side.
22 posted on 07/24/2014 11:40:36 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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