Florida hospital shooter 'mentally ill'

2016-07-19 10:06
A booking photo of David Owens. (Handout, AFP)

A booking photo of David Owens. (Handout, AFP)

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Orlando - An attorney for a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a patient and employee at a hospital in an apparent random attack, says his client is severely mentally ill.

Harley Gutin is an attorney for 29-year-old David Owens. He said on Monday that his client is incompetent to stand trial.

Titusville, Florida, police say Owens entered Parrish Medical Centre early on Sunday and fatally shot 88-year-old patient Cynthia Zingsheim and employee Carrie Rouzer, who was sitting in Zingsheim's room. Owens has been charged with two counts of murder and is being held at the county jail.

Gutin says Owens' family had been trying desperately in recent weeks to get him long-term mental health care.

Gutin says he has no idea how Owens was able to get a gun.

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