UPDATE: Doctor fired back at hospital gunman

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Authorities say a doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus appears to have been the person who returned fire and wounded the patient.

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DARBY, Pa (AP) -- Authorities say a doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus appears to have been the person who returned fire and wounded the patient.

District Attorney Jack Whelan says investigators believe the doctor had his own gun and acted in self-defense.

Whelan says a patient with psychiatric problems opened fire after entering the doctor's office with a caseworker Thursday afternoon.

The caseworker was killed. The doctor appears to have suffered only a graze wound.

Authorities have not publicly identified the gunman or his two victims.

The shootings occurred on the third floor of a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia.


Previous story:

A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.

Prosecutor Jack Whelan says one of the injured is the gunman.

The Yeadon police department says the shooting happened Thursday afternoon at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, a few miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia.

The department says a suspect is in custody but it doesn't have any more information because all its officers are at the scene.

A hospital spokeswoman says the shooting was reported at its wellness center, which is attached to the hospital by a pedestrian bridge.

The 213-bed teaching hospital is part of the Mercy Health System, a large Catholic health care network serving the region.


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