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Richard Plotts: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Richard Plotts has been named as the gunman suspect in the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital shooting in Darby, Pennsylvania, reports NBC Philadelphia. 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. Plotts was charged with first and third degree murder of Theresa Hunt, as well as an attempted murder charge for the attack on Silverman.

Here’s what we know so far:


1. Plotts Was Shot by a Psychiatrist

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(Screen Grab via NBC Philadelphia)

Plotts is suspected of shooting dead a female case worker inside the psychiatric unit of the Mercy Fitzergald Hospital. The gunfire broke out inside Dr. Lee Silverman’s office, the doctor was also wounded. It’s been reported that the doctor returned fire on Plotts. 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.


2. He Has a Long Criminal History

The Delco Times reports that Plotts has a long criminal history going back to the 1990s, he has three separate arrests for gun possession, drug possession and an assault in Philadelphia. Upper Derby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the media:

In Upper Darby, he has been 302’d (committed to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation) on at least three occasions. The last one of the three was in January 2013. … He’s got a long history of guns and mental illness.


3. Plotts Had History at Area Hospitals

Plotts has psychiatric problems and has had previous incidents with hospital staff, reports ABC Philadelphia. Previously, Plotts had been a client of the Life Center of Delaware County but was kicked out for fighting.


4. We Do Not Know the Exact Motive For the Shooting

The female case worker who died in the shooting has not yet been named. She was Plotts’ caseworker, reports CBS Philadelphia. The exact motive for the shooting is unknown.


5. He Lives Close to the Hospital

Plotts is a resident of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

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16 comments

  1. This is nuts. I knew him and his brother and neighbors. Went through my teen years with them. Bad crowd. He was the nice kid! Terrible influence all around him at that early age. Very sad.

    • lol
      “He was a good boy”
      White or Black? that is one fact that was conveniently left out, usually means Black because if it is mentioned it turns into a issue of persecuting blacks for doing whatever they do.

  2. I knew this guy and his family when I was a kid in Newtown Square. They were all total pieces of shit. Walking by their home and their lovely neighbors the Wyatt’s was like trying to navigate through a gauntlet.

  3. Glad he has finally been stopped. He had harassed me non stop for the last 4 months. … He kept trying to tell me his son was killed and wanted sympathy. … Hacked my email several times and posted all kinds of deranged stuff…. REAL WHACKO

  4. I probably knew him better than most. Shows to go what a broken family,drugs and alcohol can do. His sister was a sweet kid, though. Hi Bev.

  5. He had a good heart.Would do anything for ya’ . Then he’d turn around and threaten yer life. It was like watching a train wreck and NOTHING could stop it. He’d be better off if he faded away now. Sad but true.

  6. around 1987Richard joined a church in concordville. He lived on the grounds with other lost ones, found people who accepted him. He discovered God and was turning his life around. He invited me to the church one night and there he was, singing” You are my hiding place” ,to God ! I thought i was imagining it. Then one day the pos pastor , who Richard saw as a mentor /authority figure, got caught either stealing or something unethical and the scandal shut the church down and he became disillusioned with faith in God. Hey, old man plotts, i never met you.Come say hello and join the dicussion. When i would ask Richard if he’d seen his dad lately, his eyes would well up stare in the air. Some kids never get over their heroes leaving, and nothing else matters.

  7. in Richards 6th year of prisonI finally went to visit him. I thought they brought out the wrong person. didn’t recognize him. I asked him why he robbed the bank. He said, “i was the heroin, man.”

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