MEDIA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a psychiatric patient had dozens of bullets on hand when he killed his caseworker and intended to kill more people at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says 49-year-old Richard Plotts had a problem with the hospital’s ban on guns, although it’s not clear if that was the direct motive for Thursday’s shooting.
Psychiatrist Lee Silverman told police he fired back at Plotts with his own weapon after Plotts opened fire at an office adjacent to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.
Whelan says Silverman routinely carried a gun and had no specific fear of the suspect.
Authorities say Plotts is sedated but in stable condition after surgery from his gunshot wounds. They expect to charge him with murder later Thursday.
Police say Plotts has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems. They say he had 39 bullets on him after the shooting.