The man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and wounding a doctor at a Delaware County wellness center was arragined Tuesday on murder charges and other related offenses.
Five days after he was discharged from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 49-year-old Richard Plotts was arragined by video Tuesday on charges of first-degree and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, aggravated assault and weapons offenses for his alleged role in the July 24 shooting death of 53-year-old Theresa Hunt.
Authorities said Plotts pulled out a gun and began firing at Hunt and his psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, in an office in a wellness center on the grounds of Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.
A bullet grazed the head of Silverman, who pulled out his own weapon and fired at the suspect -- hiiting Plotts three times in the torso, according to police.
Both Plotts and Silverman were rushed to HUP following the shootout. Silverman was released hours after the incident occurred, while Plotts remained hospitalized for two weeks.
The suspect was previously arragined at HUP, but his return to Delaware County required another arraignment proceeding. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug.26.