An employee at a Newport Beach medical facility where a doctor was slain on Monday said the gunman, a man in his 70s whose name police did not release by late Monday, had an appointment with the doctor when he allegedly opened fire. Angie Crouch reports from Newport Beach for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2013.
A doctor was fatally shot and the suspected gunman was in custody on Monday after a shooting at a doctor's office in Newport Beach, police said.
The shooting happened at 2:45 p.m. in a second-floor patient room at 520 Superior Ave., said Kathy Lowe, of the the Newport Beach Police Department.
Lowe said police received a call from someone reporting hearing up to seven shots fired in the medical office. Police arrived and found both the gunman and the shooting victim in the office.
The gunman, a man in his 70s whose name was not immediately released, was arrested without a struggle. An employee who works in the building said the gunman had a scheduled appointment with the slain doctor.
Police did not identify the person who was shot, but witnesses told NBC4 that the man was possibly a urologist.
Because the building is so new, witnesses initially thought the shooting was the sound of construction.
"I thought it was construction, like a nail gun," said Kristin Crotty, an employee at the medical facility.
The doctor has a wife and two children. His family declined to comment late Monday.