An elderly man who prosecutors say fired a gun at his former doctor inside Seton Medical Center in Daly City over earlier pain treatment may not be mentally fit for trial, according to his court-appointed defense attorney.
Raymond Iwase, 84, of Daly City, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday but instead defense attorney Eric Hove raised the question of his client’s competency. Criminal proceedings were put on hold and two doctors will be appointed today to evaluate Iwase.
Iwase is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the April 23 incident in which Iwase allegedly went to the medical office at 1500 Southgate Ave. on April 23, located the doctor and starting shooting at him. The doctor wasn’t injured in the shooting and Iwase was later taken into custody at his home where police also discovered a different firearm.
Iwase was reportedly angry with the doctor for pain treatment he received years ago that he said wasn’t effective.
Iwase is in custody on $2 million bail.