Daly City police make arrest in medical center shooting

Wednesday evening Daly City police arrested an 84-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a medical center.
April 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A shooting and lockdown at a medical center crippled a Daly City neighborhood for hours on Wednesday. The SWAT team swarmed in as workers and patients were evacuated. It happened at 1500 Southgate Avenue, just a few blocks from Seton Medical Center. The gunman's target may have been a doctor at the medical office.

Shortly after 10 p.m. officers located and arrested a suspect at his home. Daly City police arrested Raymond Iwase, 84, without incident. He was charged with attempted murder. A firearm and ammunition were recovered at his home.

No one was hurt, but the drama put schools and a neighborhood on lockdown. Police searched for a gunman inside a medical building, run by Seton Medical Center, for several hours. SWAT teams swarmed the area, 60 employees along with patients inside were safely evacuated, but the three-hour search of the building turned up nothing.

Bullet fragments from a handgun were found on the second floor in the same area where a doctor reported seeing a man in his 60s with a gun and minutes later, heard a shot.

"The doctor did not immediately recognize this person. We're still investigating whether the person was known to anybody within the building," said Daly City police Lt. Dave Macriss.

Nearby Southgate Preschool went into lockdown during the incident and parent Randy Fong said he thought the school did everything right. He told ABC7 News, "They didn't have to get a call (from police), they saw something odd outside and right away shut everything down, put the kids in a safe spot, in one room and bottom line, they were safe."

Fernando Rivera Intermediate School, blocks away was also locked down. Parents there got a call from the principal saying, "The band concert for tonight, April 23, has been canceled due to an emergency situation in Daly City. It's unfortunate that we had to cancel the concert, but it is for the safety of our parents and our students."


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