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February 28, 2019

Double-Amputee Allegedly Shot Doctor in the Neck inside Florida VA Medical Center, Reports

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A doctor at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center was shot in the neck by a double amputee patient on Wednesday night. However, he still managed to restrain the patient.

Hospital staff report that the wheelchair-bound man, identified as 59-year-old Larry Ray Bon, arrived at the VA around 8:30 a.m. Staff went on to say he had been "combative" the entire day.

Around 6:20 p.m., a tech allegedly saw Bon loading a gun in the restroom. The tech alerted staff but before staff could react the patient came out and allegedly opened fire.

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An unidentified doctor was struck in the neck. A female staff member was also grazed by a bullet during the gunfire.

Despite his injury, the doctor managed to subdue the patient. According to reports, Bon was taken into custody and there were no other injuries.

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The doctor has been transferred to a local hospital for surgery. He is reportedly in stable condition and the female staff member's injuries were not life-threatening.

A spokesman for the hospital revealed the Bon was a homeless veteran who briefly served in the U.S. Army. According to the FBI,  a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

The facility remained closed for Wednesday while authorities assessed the scene. It reopened two hours later and a hospital spokesman revealed the operations will continue as usual today.

The FBI has taken the lead on the investigation as the shooting occurred in a federal building. Bon is expected to appear in federal court later today.

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