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July 24 (Reuters) - Three people were shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and one person was in custody, according to NBC10 television station in Philadelphia.

Darby Borough Police were at the scene of the hospital, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10.

The shooting took place inside the hospital's wellness center.

A wellness center. The irony is nearly fatal. :P

Originally posted to ontheleftcoast on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philly Kos, and DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:22:42 PM PDT

  •  I have a friend that advocates in Upper Darby (3+ / 0-)

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:49:44 PM PDT

  •  One of the three is the shooter (6+ / 0-)
    Three people have been shot at a Delaware County hospital Thursday afternoon, the county District Attorney's office said, and one of those shot has died.

    The fatally shot victim was a female employee of the hospital's wellness center in Darby Borough, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. The second victim, a 52-year-old doctor, suffered a graze wound.

    The suspect is in critical condition after being shot and detained at the hospital

    http://www.philly.com/...

    The doctor is a psychiatrist, and the suspect is known to have mental health issues.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:57:56 PM PDT

    •  And yet he managed to get a gun (9+ / 0-)

      Abso-freaking amazing. But heaven forbid we actually even talk about enforcing, let alone expanding, background checks.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:07:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  PA has some of the laxest gun laws in the US (5+ / 0-)

        frankly I'm surprised that there isn't MORE of this in the city of Brotherly Love.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:43:08 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  When I first moved to NYC in the 80s (5+ / 0-)

          the NYT ran a story about illegal guns in the city. Guess where they came from?

          PA and VA.

          About 8 years ago, the mayor of Philly was agitating for stronger gun laws in his city.

          Harrisburg said NO: all gun laws throughout this state (which is roughly the same size as France) must be identical.

          Stupid, stupid, stupid.

          I am willing to relocate. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:54:19 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  CT will gladly accept you (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Bob Love, Youffraita, ontheleftcoast

            -Tough gun laws
            -One of first states to allow gay couples to marry
            -Only state mandating aid sick leave
            -Very scenic
            -Great quality of life
            -Great schools
            -Low crime
            -High wages
            -All Democratic leadership from Senators to Reps to Governor and on down.

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 04:02:55 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  “Once you eliminate the impossible, (8+ / 0-)

        whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

        Countries with higher gun death rates than the US:  Guatemala, El Salvador, South Africa, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, Jamaica, Swaziland... But in Switzerland, every male Swiss is REQUIRED to have his assault rifle and ammunition in the house, and firearms are almost universally owned in Israel, but the gun death rates in both are much lower than the US.  Why is this?  Surely not because there are fewer mentally ill people; that number is almost invariant worldwide. Surely not because there are fewer guns, because there are more.  

        So it's not just gun ownership that drives gun death rates.  It's true that Japan and England have very strict gun laws and even fewer deaths than other European countries, but Poland and Romania have rates as low as England.

        Obviously, a good number of gun deaths in the US are related to our insane drug wars policies that encourage angry, young (already criminal) men to contest the right to sell their product on a particular street corner through use of firearms.

        It strikes me that all the nations with high rates have high rates of social unrest, inequality, oppression, poor mental health systems, and a tradition of violence.  The European countries generally have less inequality, better mental health care and lower rates.  

        I don't claim to have an answer.  But I do know that the US currently has ~300 million handguns in circulation. Some of the cities with the strictest handgun laws (NYC, Chicago, DC) have the highest gun death rates.  IMHO, it's just not practical, politically achievable, or even desirable to remove all firearms in the US, so pushing for stricter gun control is a futile effort (though the goal of reducing gun deaths is indeed a noble one.)   Nor is it practical to arm every citizen and rely on a hail of bullets from ordinary citizens (a la the NRA) to stop every angry gunman.  

        The question I would ask is, how can we reduce the tensions that produce the desperation that creates massacre killers?  Is it possible this is another reflection of the increase in inequality we've seen over the last 30 years ?

        If not us, who? If not now, when?

        by FamilyDocForDean on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:35:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Thank you for the thoughful synopsis of this (5+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Billlll, CarlosJ, ban nock, oldpunk, 43north

          very divisive issue.

          I wrote a diary a few years ago, attempting to crystallize my own thoughts, beliefs and suggestions.

          While the diary wasn't well-received here and there were a few dust-ups.  The issue still remains with us.

          We've failed as a society.  Firearms didn't create these issues, they're the end result of said failure.

          Despair, loathing and forced perpetual poverty is not an acceptable path forward.  We have to address these things first while actually helping each other again.

          Ending our fake drug war would be the very first thing we'd have to accomplish.  Then release all non-violent drug "offenders", give them living wage jobs rebuilding our war-torn cities, giving them a stake in our society as free men and women once again.

          Then we'd have to address the despair, fear and helplessness so many feel.  There are so many reasons/causes that it would take a true national leader to bring us back to reality.  Not one worried about next weeks poll results or the $25,000 plate fund-raiser next month where our elite corporate overlords expect results for their money.

          But I think over the last few years I've personally said these things before.  No one wants to listen.

          I thank you for this honest and reasoned response.  If we could at least identify the problems, legitimately...only then can we create a progressive plan forward.

          We truly need this conversation, now more than ever.  We must face the systemic failures and try to address them one at a time.

          This must include our corrupt political system, our failed educational system, the Military Industrial Complex, the Prison Industrial Complex and the up and overwhelming Security Services Complex.  These three "complexes" steal so much of our wealth it's frightening.

          Hope to see more of your thoughts and ideas here.

          Thanks again.

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:35:36 PM PDT

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        •  I believe the (1+ / 0-)
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          oldpunk

          300 million number refers to all guns, not just handguns... other than that, great comment.

          "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

          by happy camper on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 06:42:41 AM PDT

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  •  Stopped by (6+ / 0-)

    a good guy with a gun.

    The patient opened fire after entering Dr. Lee Silverman's office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots.

    Silverman told police the patient fatally shot the caseworker before he pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with the patient.

    Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that "without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives."

    How many would have died if this man had not acted?

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:17:28 PM PDT

  •  Relevant: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.cbsnews.com/...

    Boom goes the dynamite. And this diary.

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