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Pittsburgh Police Identify Western Psych Shooter

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police have identified the shooter who opened fire at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Pittsburgh Police Commander Thomas Stangrecki said at about 1:42 p.m. Thursday, John Shick, 30, of the Shadyside area, dressed in a tan type of trench coat, walked into WPIC and started shooting.

Stangrecki also confirmed the shooter had two handguns. He says the guns were traced to Texas and one of them was stolen. They have not determined if the second gun was also stolen.

In addition to the guns, Shick had two fanny packs and two boxes of bullets.

University of Pittsburgh police responded within two minutes. Pitt Police Chief Tim Delaney says every officer is trained for these situations.

“This is what we prepare for and hope it never happens. It happened,” he said.

KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports that Shick had mental illness, an extensive mental history and that he went to Western Psych to kill his doctor.

Marty Griffin also reports Shick had been treated at the hospital for an extensive period of time.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

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STORY: Victim Worked As Therapist At Western Psych (3/9/12)
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LINK: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
VIDEO: Western Psych Shooting Press Conference
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