We often hear of the evils of “gun-free zones” from conservatives. Well, it seems that this guy was willing to kill over it. Despite a felony record and questionable mental health, Pennsylvania ammosexual Richard Plotts viewed it as his god-given right to carry a gun. When he encountered a sign announcing that his trusty pee-pee enhancer was not permitted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System, Plotts went over the edge, according to police.
“There’s evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. “That’s the only motive we have been able to determine at this point in time . . . he was upset about that policy.”
At around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday Plotts showed up an hour early to his appointment with his psychiatrist Lee Silverman at the Sister Marie Lenahan Mercy Wellness Center, across the street from the main hospital. The two were joined in Silverman’s office by Lee Hunt, his case worker.
Plotts allegedly became angry during the meeting and refused to sit. After he ranted a bit, he pulled his .32 caliber revolver from his waistband, Whelan said. “What happened next was horrible,” he explained. “Mr. Plotts took the gun, pointed it directly at Ms. [Hunt] and fired into her head. . . . That bullet went right into her brain and we believe it was instant death at that point.”
Silverman grabbed his gun and returned fire. “The doctor indicated that he pointed his gun toward Mr. Plotts and fired until it was empty, not knowing whether he hit Plotts,” the District Attorney said. Three of Silverman’s shots hit their target–two in the torso and one in the arm– but he managed to Second Amendment the doctor in the thumb.
A case worker who was waiting in the lobby and another doctor helped wrestle Plotts to the floor.
Plotts, a convicted felon, was not legally permitted to own a firearm because of a 1996 conviction for a federal bank robbery. The shooter has a criminal history dating nearly two decades, which includes two arrests in Philadelphia for carrying a firearm without a license in 1990 and a 1992 arrest for simple assault and forgery, as well as another gun violation in 2003.
Plotts was involuntarily committed in 2010 and 2013 for mental health issues and suicide attempts, and was so violent he was banned from the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, an emergency homeless shelter. “It’s tough when you’re barred from the shelters,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “They’ll take anybody.”
Despite his mental health issues, police say he was fully capable of knowing right from wrong and was “oriented to reality” during the Thursday shooting. “I believe that he understood right from wrong and I don’t believe that he was suffering from a mental illness that would prevent him from understanding what he was doing,” Whelan said.