A case worker is dead and two others wounded after a fatal shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus Thursday in Darby, Pa.
At a 6 p.m. press conference, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan identified Richard Plotts,49, of Upper Darby, as the suspect. Whelan says Plotts, who was a patient, arrived at the Wellness Center shortly after 2 p.m. with his case worker.
Whelan says Plotts along with his case worker went into the doctor’s office. A worker confirms he heard loud arguing at the time and walked into the office where he saw the suspect pointing a gun at the doctor, according to Whelan. The DA says the worker quietly closed the door and called 9-1-1. Seconds, later the suspect shot the case worker and the doctor.
Whelan revealed another doctor and case worker forced their way in and wrestled the suspect to the ground and took away his gun.
Police say Dr. Lee Silverman pulled his own weapon after Plotts shot the first caseworker. He fired at the suspect before the others came in to take the man down.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, some are already questioning why Silverman, who many are calling a hero, defied hospital policy and kept a gun in his office.
For conservatives, that’s pretty obvious.
Bernice Ho, a spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald, said it was against hospital policy for anyone other than security guards to carry weapons. There hasn’t been any statement issued on what kind of disciplinary action the doctor might face, but police say there likely won’t be any legal charges against him.
Donald Molineux, chief of the Yeadon Police Department, said that Silverman “without a doubt saved lives,” if he wounded the gunman.
Plotts, who had at least four past gun arrests, according to police and court records, is expected to be arraigned in his hospital bed for the murder of 53-year-old caseworker Barbara Hunt.
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