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Raymond Iwase, Who Allegedly Shot At Doctor In Busy Medical Center, Arraigned In Redwood City

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An elderly man accused of shooting at a doctor at a Daly City medical Center Wednesday was arraigned in a Redwood City courtroom today on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Daly City resident Raymond Iwase, 84, did not enter a plea to the charges, or to enhancements for premeditated and deliberate attempted murder, for discharging a firearm and committing serious felonies, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The arraignment came two days after the defendant entered the medical office building at 1500 Southgate Ave. and allegedly shot at a doctor working there, according to police.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Iwase allegedly entered the medical center and shot at a doctor and said “‘You gave me a shot in the past and you made me sick,'” referring to care he had apparently received from the doctor a couple of years ago.

Wagstaffe said the doctor, who was uninjured, ducked around a corner and started yelling at others occupants of the building to get out.

Someone inside the building called 911 and reported hearing a gunshot on the second floor around 1:30 p.m. People in the building were either evacuated or told to shelter in place while officers searched for a suspect.

Police said witnesses at the scene identified Iwase as the suspected gunman.

He was arrested at his home on Plymouth Circle several hours later on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to county jail in Redwood City. Investigators recovered a gun and ammunition at the home, according to police.

Iwase is scheduled to return to court for further arraignment on May 1.

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