Good Gun Control: Quartermaine Edition

All it takes to stop a nut with a gun is one Quartermaine.

A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was "nothing short of heroic" were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading and shooting more people in a Pennsylvania hospital, police said today.

The patient, Richard Plotts, 49, suddenly pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, in the head at point blank range while inside psychiatrist Lee Silverman's office for a scheduled appointment on Thursday. Hunt was killed instantly, authorities said.

Silverman dove to the floor, pulled a semi-automatic pistol out his pocket and had a furious close range gun battle with Plotts, who police said fired at least 10 rounds. The doctor, who was using a chair for protection, aimed his gun at Plotts and fired until it was empty, District Attorney Jack Whelan said today in recounting what happened.

The doctor, who was grazed in the head and wounded in the thumb while covering his face, was able to get out of the office, unaware that he had struck Plotts three times.

Well done, although he'll probably be fired for carrying his concealed weapon, for which he has a permit, in a gun free zone.

The looney had 39 more bullets, had he not been stopped there would have been many more casualties.

Posted by: Howie at 02:43 PM


1 Now lets see if they pull a Cali and prosecute this doc for unlawfully caring a firearm in the hospital.

Posted by: LaZrtx at July 26, 2014 08:54 AM

2 He was in the clinic "attached" by a walkway, not the hospital. I know doctors that CCW there since the 1970's. The West Philly MCMC hospital at 54th and Cedar is much worse. There have been multiple killings, rapes and robberies at MCMC hospitals and parking lots for decades. This is the first incident I know of where an employee shot back.

Posted by: epador at July 26, 2014 09:30 AM

3 My expereince is that MDs and DOs can do just about anything within the law they want, and the hospital won't reprimand them.

Posted by: Allons Y at July 26, 2014 03:08 PM

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