Doctor with Gun Stops Hospital Shooter, Saves Multiple Lives

Wellness Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, a 204-bed community teaching hospital just southwest of Philadelphia.
Wellness Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, a 204-bed community teaching hospital just southwest of Philadelphia.
Guns Save Lives
Guns Save Lives

DARBY, Pennsylvania - -(Ammoland.com)- 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.

A Pennsylvania police chief says that same doctor undoubtedly saved lives after he shot a gunman who opened fire Thursday in an incident that left a hospital case worker dead.

The gunman, Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, opened fire at Mercy Elizabeth Hospital, just outside of Philadelphia, shortly after entering an office with the case worker, the Associated Press reports.

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

Witnesses said that when they opened the office door after hearing shouting, they saw Plotts with a gun. The witnesses closed the office door and called 911. Minutes later, they heard gun shots.

Plotts had shot and killed a 53 year-old female case worker. He sustained several critical gun shot wounds himself from the gun of a hospital psychiatrist. The psychiatrist suffered a graze wound to his head. Plotts was taken into custody.

“Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives,” said Yeadon police chief Donald Molineux, according to the Associated Press.

“Without that firearm, [the shooter] could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” Molineux said.

District attorney Jack Whelan said that Plotts has had other run-ins with the staff in the past, though the exact nature of the altercations was unknown. Whelan said he did not know if the doctor was carrying a gun as a precaution because of those previous interactions, according to the AP.

The exchange of gunfire occurred on the third floor of the Wellness Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, a 204-bed community teaching hospital just southwest of Philadelphia.

Authorities said there are no surveillance cameras in the doctor’s office or the waiting area outside. They also said the center had no metal detectors.

  • 8 thoughts on “Doctor with Gun Stops Hospital Shooter, Saves Multiple Lives

    1. The doctor is a hero. So far the local media isn’t reporting it that way. Most likely because this goes against the standard media ‘anti-gun’ narrative.

    2. The tyrannists will hate this story ! They would had preferred the bad guy kill as many as possible. I just hope this brave doctor had a license.

    3. Sad when you need a permit for a Constitutional right. No permit , open or concealed carry does work , but politicians would rather the public be victimized and dependent on government.

    4. “We cannot have someone just violate hospital policy.The hospital is a gun free zone of healing and must remain so to fulfill our mission to all the people of our community”
      I just love “making up” how the libertard mind “thinks”. Their devotion to der socialist rules trumps your right to life. Remember that.

    5. Gen.Early,how about I remember this,….. “what a libturd thinks don’t trump shit” ! The liberal parasites have one agenda, and thats to destroy traditional American values by whatever means. But the wonderful thing is that the pantie wastes won’t ever achieve that goal ! Damn,the mid-terms just can’t get here fast enough for me !

    6. I wonder how Bloomberg and his little pathetic antigunners are going to spin THIS one…oh, that’s right…it’ll never be reported by the gov’t controlled media…

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