Vail Daily letter: Minimizing damage
July 27, 2014
Friday's Vail Daily carried an AP story about a shooting at Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pa. It's back on Page A27.
A doctor with a gun shot and disabled a man who had just killed a caseworker and injured the doctor. Another example of how a person at the scene can make a difference in minimizing the damage.
The Daily's version of this story omitted some parts of the AP account that are important:
The hospital has a policy barring anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying weapons anywhere on its campus, a spokeswoman for the Mercy Health System said.
But Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that "without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives."
"Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition," the chief said.