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Neighbors Mourn Caseworker Killed In Medical Facility Shooting In Delaware County

By Diana Rocco

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A caseworker was killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a medical facility in Delaware County Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 2 p.m. in the psychiatric unit at the Mercy Wellness Center, which is adjacent to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

Neighbors paint a picture of a woman who loved her job and was dedicated to it.

Theresa Hunt, 53, has lived in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood for 17 years.

News of her death has come as a big shock to people on the block who say they found out when police showed up Thursday afternoon to verify Hunt lived there and find other family members.

Some women say she would sit in the stoop with them after she got home from her job as a caseworker. But she worked very long hours and was often tired and drained from her day.  She would sometimes share stories with them.  Hunt lived alone, but has a brother who lives nearby who she played bingo with two days a week and a sister upstate.

“Very nice woman, she’s always working and loved bingo,” neighbor Lorraine Moore said.

“She was a sweet woman. She was funny, she loved bingo. She used to sit with us, tell us about her days,” neighbor Doloras Venneri said.

“I feel like it’s part of my family, not just a friend, that’s how nice she was to all of us,” neighbor Marge Labrum said.

Many not just in shock over the news, but say Hunt will be very missed here.

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital released a statement late Thursday night:

“We continue to pray for the victims and their families. As this is an ongoing investigation, we remain focused on working with the Delaware County Police Departments to understand fully the details of the event and to do all we can to assist those affected.

We are thankful for the responders to this incident, the many law enforcement professionals who are a part of the investigation, and the outpouring of support we have received from our community.”


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