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Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

Out of sedation, hospital shooting suspect is charged with murder in caseworker's death

Investigators work the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at the suburban Philadelphia...
Hospital workers leave the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014,  at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburban Philadelphia ar...
Hospital workers view police activity at the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014,  at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburb...
A hospital worker views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014,  at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in ...
A hospital worker embraces a woman near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecuto...
A police officer carries his weapon near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecut...
An officer stands guard near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A doctor grazed by gunfire fr...

Hospital Shooting

Investigators work the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at the suburban Philadelphia...

Hospital Shooting

Hospital workers leave the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburban Philadelphia ar...

Hospital Shooting

Hospital workers view police activity at the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburb...

Hospital Shooting

A hospital worker views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in ...

Hospital Shooting

A hospital worker embraces a woman near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecuto...

Hospital Shooting

A police officer carries his weapon near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecut...

Hospital Shooting

An officer stands guard near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A doctor grazed by gunfire fr...

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex has been charged with murder.

Authorities say 49-year-old Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday at his hospital bedside after emerging from sedation. Plotts was wounded when the psychiatrist returned fire.

Authorities say Plotts was ranting about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital's gun ban Thursday before he shot 53-year-old caseworker Theresa Hunt during an appointment. Authorities say psychiatrist Lee Silverman then crouched behind a chair and pulled out his own gun to shoot Plotts.

Hunt's brother, Dennis, tells WPVI-TV she was strong and good-hearted. He says the family called her "Mother Theresa."

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says police seized two additional guns when they searched Plotts home in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania.


Updated : 2021-04-19 14:56 GMT+08:00