Doctor Killed In Office: Gunman Was A Patient, Who Is Dr. Ronald Gilbert?
A doctor was shot and killed in the Orange Coast Urology medical office, located in a building near Hoag Hospital of Orange County, Newport Beach. Authorities that responded to the emergency found the gunman in the exam room, exactly where the shooting took place. The suspect surrendered into custody without a struggle.
The shooting occurred Monday afternoon, Jan. 28. Police had received several calls reporting six or seven shots fired in the medical office. Deputy Chief David McGill told the Los Angeles Times that the victim was a doctor. However, the name of the doctor has been withheld and the relationship between the doctor and the gunman is not clear.
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"We won't know a motive until our detectives have a chance to interview the suspect later tonight," Police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said on Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the police had escorted an older man in handcuffs after the shooting. An eyewitness said the man brought into custody appeared to be a 70-year-old patient.
Becky Calderwood was working just two doors down from Orange Coast Urology when the shooting occurred.
"I sit right at the front desk; I would have caught the first bullet," said Becky Calderwood. "This is nuts; people are just shooting everyone all the time."
"What's going on with the world today?" asked Kristen Cotty, an office supervisor for a lab just one story up from the urology office. "I mean, schools, now I got to worry about going to work. This has got to stop."
According to witnesses, the victim was urologist Dr. Ronald F. Gilbert, one of three doctors that practice at Orange Coast Urology.
Orange Coast Urology's official website provided a profile for its doctors. Gilbert's profile read:
"As a practicing physician for 22 years, Ronald Gilbert, M.D., F.A.C.S. joined the Orange Coast Urology Group in 1993, where he specializes in general urology, sexual dysfunction, and related surgical techniques including vasectomies, bladder and prostate cancer. He began practicing medicine in 1987. Dr. Gilbert is a "people person" and enjoys helping people. He says that he decided to be become a doctor mainly because his dad is also a doctor. You may be surprised to know that he has been a stock broker and also a singer in a rock band in a previous life."
While the gunman's motive is unknown, an open source medical rating service website ratemds.com revealed rather spotty ratings given by patients that previously went to Dr. Gilbert for treatment.
On May 20, 2009, a highly dissatisfied patient wrote a scathing review against Gilbert.
"Dr. Gilbert should be barred from practicing madicine [sic]. This guys is insensitive animal, not a caring doctor. The day he diagnozed my prostate cancer six years ago, he gestured with the motion of cutting his neck, signalling I am a dead man. Well, I am cured of PC under another doctors care. Gilbert is always rushing, snap in his judgement, make errors, make customers mad. His staff, taking after him, is even worse with his endoresement. DO NOT GO SEE THIS MAN. Newport Beach will be much better off without this man."
On September 5, 2007, another review shared a similar sentiment.
"This Dr. is a menace. He grossly misdiagnosed my bladder cancer and could have cost me my life if I had not sought a second opinion. Also, beware of getting referred to a surgical facility where he has a financial interest. It is not covered by insurance (or at least it wasn't covered a year ago) and you will be guaranteed a hassle."
Be sure to watch the video below to learn more about the shooting.
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