Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor returned fire has pleaded not guilty.
Forty-nine-year-old Richard Plotts is charged with murder, reckless endangerment and weapons counts in the July shooting death of 53-year-old Theresa Hunt inside a psychiatrist’s office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Richard Plotts was able to walk into the Mercy Wellness Center carrying a gun that authorities say he used to killed his mental health caseworker and injure Dr. Lee Silverman before Silverman pulled his own gun and fired back.
Chitwood indicated that the suspect, Richard Plotts, has a long history of violence.
Authorities have found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.
Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says Richard Plotts has been “302’d,” or committed to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, after trying to commit suicide numerous times.
Delaware County DA Jack Whelan says it was a good thing Silverman was armed, apparently against hospital policy, because Plotts had 39 spare bullets on him.
Even before this incident, a coalition of more than 60 hospitals in the Philadelphia area would meet regularly to talk about events that could disrupt care — everything from an “active shooter” incident to transit strikes and snowstorms.
Neighbors paint a picture of a woman who loved her job and was dedicated to it.
The accident was reported around 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
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It happened around 2 a.m. Sunday outside of Dunkin’ Donuts along the 900 block of Springfield Road, near McDade Boulevard.
A man was hospitalized after being injured in a house fire in Delaware County late Monday evening.