A doctor at the Florida VA Medical Center was shot in the neck Wednesday night after the fire opened by a double amputee on a scooter, injuring him and another emergency department employee, officials said. .
Larry Ray Bon, 59, was charged with forcibly assaulting and bodily harming a federal employee in official positions. Officials say that he opened fire in the emergency room of the Riviera Beach VA Medical Center at 6:30 pm, according to an FBI affidavit.
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The doctor, who was not identified, sat down at the doctor's office when a technician arrived and alerted the patient's staff that a patient was armed. The doctor and another member of the hospital heard at least three shots before the suspect entered the room.
According to the court documents, Bon, who is a double amputee, appeared on a scooter and "shouted about cigarettes.
In order to distract the armed suspect, the doctor indicated that there were cigarettes behind him. He then charged the suspect and tried to disarm him.
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According to the affidavit, Bon fired three more shots and one of the bullets went into the doctor's neck and came out near the base of his skull.
The doctor was able to take control of the weapon and the hospital staff withheld good help from an armchair until the forces of the hospital were there. order to detain him.
A second employee was injured in the fight, shot in the buttocks.
The VA made a statement to Fox News that the wounded doctor had been released from the hospital and "is fine".
"The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is constantly organizing drills and safety training to ensure appropriate responses to active threat situations, and this training was greatly leveraged yesterday."
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Court documents show that Bon arrived at the hospital early Wednesday to visit his GP, but was transferred to emergency to receive mental health treatment.
If he is found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $ 250,000.