One dead, one wounded by gunman at Pennsylvania hospital

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:53

Darby: A gunman opened fire inside a Pennsylvania psychiatric facility on Thursday, killing a woman and wounding a doctor who apparently shot back and critically wounded his attacker, authorities said.

The 23-year-old armed man walked into a psychiatrist`s office at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania, where police believe he was a patient, and started shooting at about 2 p.m., Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

He fatally shot a social worker inside the small office and wounded the doctor, who was grazed on the side of the head by a bullet, Whelan said.

Authorities believe that the doctor, who was armed, fired back and struck the gunman several times in the torso, he said.

Other employees subdued the shooter before police arrived.

"This could have been a much different situation if the perpetrator was allowed to continue with his actions. So I give credit to the staff for intervening," Whelan said at a news conference.

The suspect was taken to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was listed in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Whelan said. The doctor also was hospitalized.

Whelan said the man was known to have psychiatric issues.

"It`s horrendous. Any time you have an incident like this it`s certainly horrendous," Whelan said.

The wellness center sits across the street from Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, which is located about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia.

Reuters

First Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:53

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