The 84-year-old man who shot at his doctor inside a Daly City medical office Wednesday said he blamed the physician for a pain shot that made him ill, according to prosecutors who filed premeditated attempted murder charges Friday.
Raymond Iwase, 84, was also charged with felony assault with a firearm for the April 23 shooting on the second floor of the office building at 1500 Southgate Ave. At his first court appearance, Iwase asked for a court-appointed attorney and put off a plea until May 1.
Iwase reportedly entered the medical center where he had been treated and sat for a while watching before seeking out a specific doctor. After approaching the doctor and staring at his name badge, the physician who did not recognize Iwase asked what he needed.
“The defendant said ‘You gave me a shot in the past and you made me sick,’” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The man later identified as Iwase pulled a silver handgun and fired as the doctor ran and quickly turned a corner. The bullet hit the wall at the level of the man’s back, Wagstaffe said.
Police responding to the 911 call at approximately 1:30 p.m., sealed the scene but did not immediately turn up the shooter. He was later arrested at his Plymouth Circle home. Inside the house, police reported finding a shotgun in the closet and .38-caliber ammunition but not the gun fired at the medical center.
The doctor told authorities he didn’t immediately remember Iwase as a patient but a review of his records showed that he had been briefly treated and received a pain injection, Wagstaffe said.
After his arrest, Iwase told police, “I’m an old man. There’s nothing you should be worried about,” Wagstaffe said.
Iwase remains in custody without bail. If convicted, he faces a life sentence for the attempted murder and another 15 years for the firearm use.
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