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1 Dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said.

Investigators believe the doctor had his own gun and acted in self-defense, District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

The patient, who had psychiatric problems, opened fire after entering the doctor's office with a caseworker Thursday afternoon, Whelan said. The caseworker was killed. The doctor appears to have suffered only a graze wound and was expected to be released from treatment later in the day.

Authorities have not publicly identified the gunman or his two victims. The shooting suspect was in custody, police said.

The shootings occurred on the third floor of a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia. The center, which does not have metal detectors, is attached to the hospital by a pedestrian bridge.

Just what led to the shooting was unknown, Whalen said. Two guns were recovered, and the shooting was still being investigated.

"The scene is secure. Everyone is safe," Whelan told a late afternoon news conference.

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

Pennsylvania Hospital Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

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Majesty July 24 2014 at 6:22 PM

OOps, a good guy with a gun? This won't go well with the anti-gun people..

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jbizarre July 24 2014 at 6:30 PM

Sorry it was necessary, but good job, doctor.

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ranger197172 July 24 2014 at 6:48 PM

Amazing how quiet the anti[gun nuts are here today. :)

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Michael July 24 2014 at 6:25 PM

Image how many more could had been kill if the doctor did not have his own weapon

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iagreg July 24 2014 at 6:32 PM

CHL baby - never leave home without it. When the shizzle goes down, you gun control dummies rely on your no gun zone signs. I'll rely on myself and my little concealed friend.

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kwhodges July 24 2014 at 6:28 PM

My condolences to the family and friends of the caseworker who was killed. I'm glad the doctor was armed and able to protect himself and others. I'm sorry it had to come to that.

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John kwhodges July 25 2014 at 1:57 PM

I will bet that the Good Doctor will be sued by the maniac that he shot. And the Good Doctor will lose.

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rfergusono July 24 2014 at 6:37 PM

About damned time people start shooting back!

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Sylvan July 24 2014 at 6:16 PM

The Doctor was disarmed and Chuck Schmuer/ Mike Blomberg , Senator Feinstein want his medical license taken away for taking a life . Chuck Schmuer also wants the docotor placed in a Mexican jail

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Rickrak July 24 2014 at 10:18 PM

More bad news for the anti gun nuts and the leftist. Millions of crazies, criminals and anti Christian terrorist and our current administration is doing everything in its power to disarm America.

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disneything July 24 2014 at 6:38 PM

"Just what led to the shooting was unknown, Whalen said" ......"The patient, who had psychiatric problems..." Maybe if they reporter read the story they could find out what happened, nut with gun, DUH !

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