Lawyer: Parrish Medical Center Shooter Incompetent To Stand Trial Due To Severe Mental Illness
By FOX 35 // July 19, 2016
29-year-old David Owens
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – 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 Monday that his client is incompetent to stand trial.
Titusville, Florida, police say Owens entered Parrish Medical Center early Sunday and fatally shot 88-year-old patient Cynthia Zingsheim and employee Carrie Rouzer, who was sitting in Zingsheim’s room.
A frantic 911 call was made by a nurse. At the time, she did not know that two people had been shot. She told the dispatcher that she and four co-workers ran up to the fifth floor and hid in a janitor’s closet.