DALY CITY, California – It was a day of chaos and terror for some Filipinos in Northern California’s Little Manila after an 84-year-old patient allegedly fired a shot inside the Serramonte Medical Dental building on Wednesday.
Filipino health care staff working in the building heard the gunshot fired around 1:30 p.m.
"The doctor saw the man with the gun and he ran out and the shooting was behind him but luckily it missed him," said Maria Armas, a Filipino healthcare staff.
After 3 p.m., SWAT officers surrounded the building and searched for the gunman while escorting people out to safety.
Filipinos who live nearby said they were shocked this happened in their neighborhood.
"I was pretty surprised. They actually called out the SWAT team here and if they call the SWAT team, then it’s pretty serious," said Alex Clemente who lives a block up from the medical building.
Southgate resident Francis Reyes described the incident as something which he only sees on the news.
"But for it to happen in your own neighborhood just causes an alert to the folks. There’s a preschool nearby right behind my mom’s work. And I heard a lady that children are still in the preschool. I hope they’re okay. It’s pretty crazy that it’s happening on your own street,” said Reyes.
Police searched room to room for the suspect identified as Raymond Iwase. The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled patient who allegedly targeted Dr. Kevin Wong, an internist.
Police arrested Iwase without incident at his Daly City home later that evening.
Authorities found a gun and ammunition inside his home though it is not clear whether it was the same firearm allegedly used at the medical building.
Iwase is currently held at the San Mateo County Jail under suspicion of attempted murder.
No court dates have been set.