Authorities are trying to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
"We do believe that there were some issues between the doctor and the patient, but whether or not he actually feared him is unclear," Whelan said.Whether "he actually feared him"? Let's see, the patient had just shot someone and grazed the doctor with a bullet. I think that qualifies as reason to fear him. The July 25, 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Plotts, according to police and those who knew him, was not just a threat to the safety of others - but also to himself.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said his department had involuntarily committed Plotts for suicide attempts in 2010 and 2013. Court documents show Plotts has at least four firearms violations and a history of drug offenses.
In 1995, Plotts was accused of robbing a Wilmington, Del., bank but got away with nothing when a dye pack in the stolen bag of money exploded and scared him into dropping the loot, according to an Inquirer report at the time. The report said Plotts was a "self-employed contractor" with a wife and two kids.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140725_D_A___Psych_patient_shot_caseworker__doctor.html#J2aOQWqx3cb2yQx7.99Pennsylvania requires all handgun purchases to go through a background check, including private party sales. Potts clearly could not have lawfully purchased a handgun.