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Doctor Shot to Death at Hoag Medical Office

UPDATE: A 75-year-old barber is arrested in the Newport Beach slaying. The victim was a urologist from Huntington Beach who would have celebrated his 53rd birthday Wednesday.

A urologist was shot to death inside a medical office near Hoag Hospital on Monday, and a suspect was quickly arrested.

The slaying was reported at 2:45 p.m. on the second floor of the Hoag Medical Group building at 520 Superior Ave., according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Dr. Ronald Gilbert of Huntington Beach, a 52-year-old urologist who would have celebrated his next birthday on Wednesday. The alleged shooter, Stanwood Fred Elkus, a 75-year-old barber from Lake Elsinore, reportedly shot Gilbert in an exam room.

Police said a caller inside the building reported hearing six to seven shots.

Officers responded to the scene, where they found both the suspect and victim still inside the office and took the alleged gunman into custody without incident, Lowe said. "Everyone else in the building was safe. Unfortunately the victim was deceased at the scene."

Gilbert had been shot several times in the torso, said Lowe. No other injuries were reported.

The Victim

According to an online biography, Gilbert was a married father of two teenage boys. He is credited as the chief scientist behind Promescent, a spray-on product to prevent premature ejaculation. 

A graduate of UCI Medical School, he once served as chief of Hoag Hospital's urology department and as an assistant clinical professor of urology at UCI.

Community in Shock

The crack of gunshots shocked the quiet neighborhood.

Nearby residents and employees of the medical office building waited outside Monday afternoon as police collected evidence.

Mike O’Neil, who lives a few blocks from the medical building, said he was startled to hear about the shooting. O’Neil said he was drawn to the scene by the unusual sight of police cars.

“It’s unbelievable that this happened here,” he said. “People aren’t safe on the streets or at work.”

-- City News Service contributed to this report.

Brenda Welch January 30, 2013 at 05:07 AM
May God bless the doctor and his family. He will be helping those in Heaven.
Brenda Welch January 30, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Dr. Gilbert wouldn't want you to give up. Please be strong and carry on some of his hopes and dreams This kind of thing makes me so sad. I've had kidney cancer and wouldn't be alive if it weren't for someone associated with him. God love him and his family!
Kay C January 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Okay Ann Sue, I am not a doctor, but I think people need to be aware of what is going on in the field of medicine, especially with medical malpractice insurance. I have a friend who is a medical doctor of psychiatry, and her insurance is over $250,000 a year - just to cover lawsuits alone. How can you ask why someone would stop practicing medicine just because they are a licensed M.D.? It's simple math in my opinion: When Income does not equal Outflow (due to extraneous charges of insurance and "free" medical care plans), how can a medical doctor stay in practice (no matter how much school they've had, or what Hippocratic oath they may have taken)??? And now you add to it the reality of patients taking out their frustration with the system on their personal doctors, what motivation is there (really) to become or even remain a doctor - is the REAL question, in my humble opinion?!?
Jerry allen February 01, 2013 at 04:56 AM
So painful for such a valuable loss to society. I am a patient recognizing the limitation of science and medicine but never the service of a dedicated pationate servant to medicine. My problems were not his responsibility nor one to blame. How can one been so ruthless? My heart will bleed until the day I die for what this Dr. labored over for my illness. Premature ejaculation? How pathetic!
Chooseup February 19, 2013 at 07:44 AM
It is becoming clear that with each new generation, the boundaries of reasonable thought and subsequent behavior are erased. Nothing shocks me anymore. I am ten times more likely to be confronted with a life or death situation than just twenty years ago. I now own a gun, a handgun to be specific. I believe I must be able to protect my family now more than ever before from the kind of person that took this doctor's life. Charles Murray is correct in his position. Society might as well outlaw box cutters, kitchen knives, screwdrivers and any other tool or weapon that can kill or mame if you believe guns kill people. I am truly sad and angry over the loss of Dr. Gilbert.

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