Pennsylvania police arrest man accused of robbing doctor, receptionist


Police said they have arrested the man responsible for a shooting and robbery in the Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus professional building late Wednesday afternoon.

35-year-old William Scannell of Bloomfield was arrested early Friday morning at a home on Ajax Way in Polish Hill.

"It was crazy," said Chris Ayers, who witnessed the chaotic scene in Bellevue. "All of a sudden, the cops came flying by. As soon as they got here, they drew their guns, scattered everywhere, running into the professional building."

AGH spokesman Dan Laurent told WTAE Channel 4 Action News that a doctor and his receptionist were the only two people inside an office where the shots were fired.

Scannell allegedly assaulted both people after he arrived for an appointment, and tried to shoot them before stealing cash and prescription medications, according to county police.

"There was an altercation. He had a pistol. Three shots were fired. Nobody was struck," Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner said.

Workers in the building identified the victims as Dr. Parviz Jian and his wife. Both were taken to the emergency room at AGH Suburban Campus and released.

Police taped off the area around the building near the corner of Jackson and Lincoln avenues and temporarily re-routed cars around Lincoln in the early stages of the investigation.

Workers said it appeared the shooter waited until the employees in the other doctors' offices had left.

"We went home. Their patients come after ours, so we're already gone," said Elizabeth Vandling, who works in the building. "Then I heard over the scanner that there were shots fired, so we came down to make sure everyone is OK."

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