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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A psychiatrist shot and wounded a 49-year-old patient after the man fatally shot a social worker and wounded the doctor at a Philadelphia-area hospital Friday. Lee Silverman suffered a graze wound to his head after Richard Plotts, 49, opened fire on him and Theresa Hunt, 53, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Hunt died from her injuries. Police said Silverman did not need a permit to keep a gun in his office, but the facility's policy prohibits anyone other than police from carrying a firearm. "We believe [the] doctor was acting in self-defense," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. The shooter ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire, reports Newsday, and had 39 bullets on him when wrestled to the ground by workers.


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Good shoot, he saved lives in the office and is a hero. He is going to lose his job for going against policy, but won't be charged.

Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.

No doubt.


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I almost miss BuffaloBoob when stories like this. Who doesn't love classics like: "a car antenna is a better weapon than a gun you can't get to."

#1 | Posted by ABH at 2014-07-25 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's my prescription: Take three bullets and call me in the morning!

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-26 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"I can give you a shot for that problem."

#3 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-07-26 02:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

"For this shot you don't have to bend over..."

#4 | Posted by AKat at 2014-07-26 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"So .... how did that make you feel?"

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-26 08:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

"So.....should we talk about your mother or get right down to trying to kill each other?"

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-26 08:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Another incident in the past....

Upon hearing his recovery was not taking place as expected, a patient shot the doctor and himself in the doctor's office.

#7 | Posted by takitez at 2014-07-26 08:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

The shooter ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire,

Well, of course he did. What psycho doesn't want to carry his gun everywhere?

#8 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-07-26 09:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

"What psycho doesn't want to carry his gun everywhere?"

"The police chief told Hunt [reporter] that without a doubt, he believes Dr. Silverman saved lives with his actions."

So, is the psychiatrist a psycho, or is it a good thing he had a gun?

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#9 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-26 11:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

So, is the psychiatrist a psycho, or is it a good thing he had a gun?

If the psychiatrist's job required him to treat violent people, it makes sense for him to keep a gun for protection at his office, but that doesn't mean it was OK for him to break hospital policy. He should have insisted on a change to the policy or worked someplace else.

But if he's willing to accept the consequences of breaking the policy, it certainly worked out well for him and others that he had a gun.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-27 08:04 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Nevertheless, in this instance, hospital policy would have endangered other people, because a mentally ill person with a firearm couldn't be stopped. Seems like a Catch-22. Perhaps the policy should be changed & the hero given a commendation.

#11 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-27 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:


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