A female psychiatric case worker was shot dead by one of her patients inside the Wellness Center of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania. A doctor was also wounded in the attack, but the same doctor was able to return fire with his own gun, hitting the suspect, reports Philly.com. The confrontation took place inside the doctor’s office. After the gunman was wounded, other hospital staff were able to subdue the suspect. The gunfire happened inside the Sister Marie Wellness Center in the hospital facility. The suspect was identified as Richard Plotts by ABC Philadelphia.
Here’s what you need to know about this developing story:
1. A Female Hospital Employee Died After Being Shot in the Head
Breaking: Confirmed active shooter at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby – multiple people shot. Shooter in custody. pic.twitter.com/EwpNhlgg4y
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) July 24, 2014
Darby Mayor Helen Thomas confirmed that the doctor was shot, it was later reported that the doctor had been grazed and was expected to survive. According to Philly.com, the deceased is a female hospital employee.
ABC Philadelphia reports that one of the victims is a 52-year-old doctor who was grazed in the torso and head by gunfire.
NBC Philadelphia reports that one of the victims was taken to the University of Pennsylvania hospital in Philadelphia. One ambulance could be seen leaving Mercy Fitzgerald with a police escort.
Shooting at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pa. pic.twitter.com/zpadkMXkqW
— Inquirer Photo (@inq_photo) July 24, 2014
2. A Suspect Is Critical Condition
A suspect is in custody. According to the Delaware County DA, he is a 48-year-old male who was apprehended about ten minutes after the initial 911 call came through. He was shot three times and is in critical condition. The man is reported to have had psychiatric issues in the past.
According to the hospital’s website, the wellness centers deals with issues such as addiction and behavior modification. Although located across the street from the main facility, the wellness center is considered a part of the hospital and is connected by a pedestrian bridge.
3 shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital complex. Wellness center building evacuated pic.twitter.com/c4gwblnEUt
— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCBS3) July 24, 2014
3. A Hospital Official Said He Heard Around 7 Shots Fired
According to ABC Philadelphia, a hospital official reported hearing around seven shots fired during the incident, which cops heard about in a 911 call at 2:19 p.m. local time, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s office.
4. The Main Hospital Is in Lockdown
The hospital, which is surrounded by police cruisers and ambulances, has been locked down. Some of the responding officers can be seen wearing tactical gear.
One ambulance could be seen going from the hospital’s office complex to the emergency room. ABC Philadelphia reports that police have come from Upper Darby and Haverford to help with the operation. The Wellness Center is being evacuated with every worker being searched on the way out.
5. Mercy Fitzgerald Is One of the Largest Catholic Hospitals in Pennsylvania
According to the hospital’s website, 6,500 people work at the hospital. The hospital is the “largest Catholic healthcare system serving Delaware Valley.