DARBY, Penn. – A psychiatric patient opened fire inside a Pennsylvania wellness center on Thursday, killing his case worker and injuring a doctor.
“I seen multiple cops come in here and an ambulance. And I was scared,” said Carmella Brooks.
Police say Richard Plotts was brought to the wellness center by his case worker.
Once he got inside, he started yelling before allegedly pulling out a gun.
“I ran down three flights of steps to go get my son,” said Annette Bowman.
Dr. Lee Silverman was grazed by a bullet before he pulled out a revolver of his own and fired back.
Authorities say 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, Plotts’ case worker, was hit and killed.
Eventually, two other hospital employees wrestled Plotts to the ground and held him for police.
“He’s just never been a very good person,” said his ex-wife.
She says Plotts served seven months in prison for using a stolen credit card in 1992.
Three years later, he was back in prison for robbing a bank in Delaware.
Nine months after his release, his ex-wife says Plotts was arrested for possessing a firearm while under probation, credit card fraud and drug use.
Bert Garcia, Plotts’ former neighbor, says he was evicted at least six months ago.
“The last thing he said getting in the van, he hollered, ‘You haven’t heard the end of me yet,” said Garcia.
When told about the shooting, neighbors say they are not shocked.
“That doesn’t surprise me. He was a creep. Nobody liked him,” said Diane Clements.
“Honestly, it’s a safer place if he’s locked up,” said his ex-wife.