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- Dr. Bruce Goldfeder suffered a gunshot wound in the back of his neck in his struggle Wednesday night with 59-year-old Larry Ray Bon.,
An emergency room doctor says he created a distraction to tackle a double-amputee Army veteran who opened fire inside a Florida hospital.
Dr. Bruce Goldfeder suffered a gunshot wound in the back of his neck in his struggle Wednesday night with 59-year-old Larry Ray Bon at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach.
In a Palm Beach Post report, Goldfeder says he heard gunshots and then he heard Bon yell something about cigarettes.
Goldferer says he yelled, "Police have cigarettes over there," to distract Bon as he approached other doctors and patient rooms.
“Either he gets an opportunity to shoot everyone or I get the opportunity to tackle, I chose the latter,” Goldfeder said to NBC station WPTV.
Goldfeder says he then tackled Bon. The gun went off before he could wrestle it away from Bon.
Another hospital employee was grazed by a bullet in the shooting.
Bon is in federal custody on assault charges. Goldfeder, who said he was covering another doctor's shift that night, says he does not consider himself a hero and has sympathy for the shooter.
“I think the heroes are the veterans. I think we need to advocate more for their well-being," he said.