DALY CITY -- An elderly man shot at a Daly City doctor for revenge because he thought the physician made him sick with prescribed pain medication, prosecutors said.
Raymond Iwase, the 84-year-old suspect in the medical center shooting, was charged Friday with premeditated attempted murder and felony assault with a firearm in an attack on the Daly City doctor, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The doctor said when he saw Iwase on Wednesday in a hallway at the center, he recognized him but could not place him. Investigators later discovered Iwase visited the doctor within the last couple years.
While the nature of Iwase's illness was not immediately laid out in charging documents, Wagstaffe said the general practitioner had once given him a shot to help him manage unspecified pain. The doctor referred Iwase to a pain management specialist should he need any further treatment and never saw him again until he showed up armed at his workplace Wednesday afternoon, investigators said.
When he entered the medical offices at 1500 Southgate Avenue, witnesses said he stood and watched people for awhile in the second floor hallway without speaking a word to anyone. The doctor, who had been working in his office, eventually strolled into the hallway to deliver some paperwork.
When he encountered Iwase, he thought he looked familiar, investigators said. The doctor noticed a silver revolver in the man's hand, just as Iwase stared the man down and said "You gave me a shot and it made me sick," investigators said.
The doctor reportedly tried to calm Iwase down as the man became more and more agitated, and the doctor decided to run down the hallway, prosecutors said. As he was ducking around a corner into a stairwell, he heard a single shot ring out.
The doctor began yelling for everyone to "Get out, get out!" Wagstaffe said, and he called 911 himself to report the gunman.
The Daly City SWAT team responded about 1:30 p.m., and officers ordered about 30 people in the building to either evacuate or shelter in place. Bullet fragments were found in the hallway during the search, but there was no sign of the doctor's one-time patient.
Officers descended on Iwase's Plymouth Circle home after he was identified through witness statements, and a handgun and ammunition were found inside the residence. Iwase reportedly lived alone in the Daly City home, and he has no known family in the immediate area.
Because the doctor only saw him once, the negative side effects Iwase alluded to remain a mystery to investigators. He remains in jail on no bail status and faces a life sentence if convicted on the premeditated attempted murder charge alone.
Iwase has said every little to investigators.
"He had one comment, and it's all he said," Wagstaffe noted. "He said, 'I'm an old man. There's nothing you should worry about.'"