St. Louis Ophthalmologist Shot, Wounded by Patient

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Academy of Ophthalmology

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 Ophthalmologist Steven Verity suffered gunshot wounds to the cheek and back
 yesterday, and is reported in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital,
 reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An unidentified ophthalmic technician
 reportedly was also shot, and remains in serious but stable condition.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000323/SFTHFNS1 )
     Dr. Verity, and the technician, were injured when a 70 year-old patient,
 allegedly scheduled for surgery on Monday, pulled a small-caliber pistol from
 his bag and shot them during a discussion that took place in the back office
 of the Anheuser-Busch Eye Clinic in St. Louis.
     The suspect reportedly walked calmly from the building, and was arrested
 after being pulled over in his car about an hour after the incident.
     "The ophthalmic community wishes Dr. Verity and the wounded technician a
 full and speedy recovery," said H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, executive
 vice-president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Medical
 professionals accept certain unavoidable hazards that come with the job, but
 we, as a people, must never come to accept this kind of violence."
     The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association
 of eye physicians and surgeons -- Eye M.D.s -- with more than 27,000 members.
 For more information about eye health care, visit the Academy's partner Web
 site at www.medem.com.
 
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SOURCE American Academy of Ophthalmology
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 Ophthalmologist Steven Verity suffered gunshot wounds to the cheek and back
 yesterday, and is reported in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital,
 reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An unidentified ophthalmic technician
 reportedly was also shot, and remains in serious but stable condition.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000323/SFTHFNS1 )
     Dr. Verity, and the technician, were injured when a 70 year-old patient,
 allegedly scheduled for surgery on Monday, pulled a small-caliber pistol from
 his bag and shot them during a discussion that took place in the back office
 of the Anheuser-Busch Eye Clinic in St. Louis.
     The suspect reportedly walked calmly from the building, and was arrested
 after being pulled over in his car about an hour after the incident.
     "The ophthalmic community wishes Dr. Verity and the wounded technician a
 full and speedy recovery," said H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, executive
 vice-president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Medical
 professionals accept certain unavoidable hazards that come with the job, but
 we, as a people, must never come to accept this kind of violence."
     The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association
 of eye physicians and surgeons -- Eye M.D.s -- with more than 27,000 members.
 For more information about eye health care, visit the Academy's partner Web
 site at www.medem.com.
 
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