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Dr. Lee Silverman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Lee Silverman is being hailed as a hero after cops say the psychiatrist took out a gun he was carrying and shot Richard Plotts, a psychiatric patient who had opened fire inside a Pennsylvania hospital and killed a case worker. The female victim allegedly killed by Plotts has been named as 53-year-old Theresa Hunt. According to her Facebook page, she was a Blended Case Manager at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and lived in Philadelphia.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Cops Say Silverman Was Shot in the Head, but Returned Fire & Shot the Suspect

Cops told Philly.com that Silverman was among the people shot when Plotts opened fire inside the psychiatric wellness center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in the Philadelphia suburb of Darby.

Despite a bullet grazing Silverman’s temple, the doctor was able to return fire, wounding Plotts and preventing the shooter from continuing shooting.


2. Caseworker Theresa Hunt Was Killed in the Attack

Theresa Hunt, a 53-year-old case worker, was killed in the attack after an argument began during a meeting between Plotts, Hunt and Silverman, cops said.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, a staffer at the psychiatric center called cops after the staffer saw Plotts pointing a gun at Silverman’s head. Shots rang out moments later, and Hunt was killed in the attack.

The paper reported that two other staffers entered the office and wrestled Plotts to the ground and disarmed him.

When cops responded, they found Plotts with two wounds in his torso and one in his arm, the Daily News reported. Plotts was charged with first and third degree murder of Theresa Hunt, as well as an attempted murder charge for the attack on Silverman.

3. Silverman Acted Quickly While ‘Realizing it Was a Life or Death Situation’

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Silverman acted rapidly after Hunt was shot, realizing he was in grave danger. Here’s how Whelan described the exchange, according to the Delaware County Times:

When the caseworker was shot, (Silverman) crouched down behind the desk to avoid him being shot,” Whelan said. “He was able to reach for his weapon, and realizing it was a life or death situation, was able to engage the defendant in the exchange of gunfire.

According to the Delaware County Times, Whelan told reporters investigators are looking into Silverman’s relationship with Plotts.

We do believe that there were some issues between the doctor and the patient, but whether or not he actually feared him is unclear.


4. The Chief Said if it Wasn’t for Silverman, the Shooter Might Have ‘Walked Down the Offices Until He Ran out of Ammunition’

mercy fitzgerald hospital shooting

(Screen Grab via NBC Philadelphia)

Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux told the County Times that “without a doubt,” Silverman saved lives.

“Without that firearm, this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” he told the paper.


5. Plotts Is in Critical Condition, but Silverman Is Expected to Make a Full Recovery

Darby hospital shooting

(Screengrab via NBC Philadelphia)

After being shot three times, Plotts is in critical condition in hospital. Philly.com reports that Plotts was shot twice in the torso and once in the arm. The doctor who shot Plotts is a 52-year-old psychiatrist at the hospital.

Despite also being wounded in the attack, the doctor is expected to make a full recovery. According to Health Grades, Silverman is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University’s medical school in Philadelphia.

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10 comments

    • Why don’t you shut your mouth. You do not know how you would respond in an active shooter scenario. You most likely would cower in the closet. Cyber bullying does not pay and neither does being cold-hearted. I carry a pistol on my side for this very reason, and I am prepared to fight in a life or death situation. I would rather sacrifice than allow people to die. It takes true honor to do that and if I knew where you are I would knock you out. So, shut your mouth.

      • Hans, I’m kinda confused. Are you taking Glenn to task for having suggested that it’s too bad the gunman, Plotts, wasn’t killed? What is it, exactly, about Glenn’s comment, that has you worked up? When you say you would rather sacrifice than allow people to die, are you saying you would prefer to die yourself than to kill someone who was intent on killing you? Your post seems rather muddled.

          • Well, Ben, perhaps you can share what I presume you take to be your superior reading comprehension skills with those of us who are less gifted. I have re-read Hans’s comment, and it still seems to me to be semantically muddled. Does Hans, or does Hans not, think that Plotts’ death was deplorable? Hans speaks of being an armed citizen, and ready to deploy his weapon if need be. In that context, I don’t know quite what to make of his claim that he “would rather sacrifice than allow people to die.” What, exactly, would Hans be sacrificing? His freedom, if he were to shoot someone and not have the shooting be determined to be justified? His ease of conscience were he to kill someone even in a self-defense situation? And what does cyber bullying have to do with any of this? Perhaps you, Ben, could share what you think Hans is trying to get at.

            lukasiwicz

            • You seem to be educated and literate so I am not sure how such a clear and simple point escapes you. He thinks it’s rude and insensitive to criticize Silverman’s ability to aim a weapon, comes to Silverman’s defense by suggesting the commenter would not have performed better, and suggests that he and Silverman have some kind of heroic bravery in common.

              • Ben, I guess my problem was that I deemed Glenn’s comment, to which Hans was responding, less a serious criticism of Dr. Silverman’s shooting skills, and more a snarky way of saying that Glenn would have preferred it if Plotts, the man whom Silverman shot, had died instead of merely being wounded, a sentiment with which, I take it, Hans was in agreement. With that belief as my premise, I was having difficuty understanding why Hans was so upset with a man with whom he evidently agrees. But it seems that Hans took Glenn’s comment as an earnest criticism of Silverman’s marksmanship which, under the adrenaline-drenched, high-stress circumstances, was pretty damn good. Thanks for making me aware that Hans’ reading of Glenn’s comment was much different from mine.

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