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FBI: Doctor wounded by patient at West Palm Beach Medical Center, VA



by Sabrina Lolo, Al Pefley, Niala Charles

Shots reported at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (WPEC)

An employee of the VA Medical Center was shot dead Wednesday night at 6:20 pm, according to the VA spokesman.

The spokesman confirmed that a doctor had been hit in the neck by Larry Ray Bon, a double amputee. However, this doctor was able to control Bon after being shot.

This doctor, who has not been identified, was operated on at the St. Mary's Medical Center and should be in good standing.

Another bullet hit an employee.

The 59-year-old patient arrived at the wheelchair VA around 8:30 am and had been combative all day, according to the VA. While the staff checked his emotional state, he pulled out a small handgun and fired several shots.

Bon was detained and no one else was injured, according to Justin Fleck, Asst. Special Agent of FBI Miami. Good is not cooperative.

Good lives in West Palm Beach, but is from Michigan, authorities said. His injuries as an amputee were not related to the fight.

Riviera Beach police assisted the VA police.

Authorities say Bon may be a homeless veteran and served in the US military for a short time. The FBI says that there are also warrants issued in Michigan for the arrest of Bon.

The facility is secure and will remain operational for scheduled appointments and procedures on Thursday, according to the AV.

A number of VA employees raise concerns about safety after filming. They say that all West Palm Beach hospital entrances do not have metal detectors.

A patient tells us when she shows up at this facility that all she shows is a driver's license. The VA has at least two entrances from the street.

CBS12 reporter Niala Charles says more about what employees have to say:

Donna Katen-Bahensky, director of the West Palm Beach Medical Center, sent CBS12 News this statement:

An incident occurred tonight at West Palm Beach Medical Center, Virginia. There is no danger for patients or staff at the present time and the area has been secured. We are working with local law enforcement and the investigation is still ongoing.

The FBI is on the scene and is leading the investigation.


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