Gun-Free Zone Hospital Saved from Massacre by Doc w/a Gun
A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant.
It was not clear why Silverman, a doctor for nearly 25 years, was armed at the office. Bernice Ho, a spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald, said Thursday it was against hospital policy for anyone other than security guards to carry weapons.
And it’s a lucky thing that Silverman violated that policy because…
Court records show that a Delaware County man matching his name and age – authorities said Plotts was in his mid- to late 40s – was sentenced in 1996 to more than seven years in prison for robbing a bank in Wilmington. Other court records show that an Upper Darby man with the same name and age has been arrested numerous times over the last 30 years for assault, drugs, weapons possession, and other offenses.
Plotts was apparently armed, Whelan said, and people near the room soon heard shouting.
Concerned, a hospital employee “actually opened the door, saw him pointing a gun at the doctor,” Whelan said.
Plotts then opened fire. According to Whelan, he shot Hunt two times in the face. The psychiatrist then ducked under his desk, retrieved his gun, and came up shooting, striking Plotts three times.
Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that ‘without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.’
‘Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,’ the chief said.
The hospital has a policy barring anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on its campus, a spokeswoman for the Mercy Health System said.
But Molineux insisted Silverman was a hero who saved lives.
The question is will the hospital agree? In our paranoid gun control environment in which kids are punished for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun, who knows.
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