Lake Elsinore Man Who Allegedly Gunned Down Newport Beach Urologist Suffered From Prostate Problems

Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore is identified as the alleged gunman at a Hoag medical office.

A 75-year-old Lake Elsinore man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of doctor in Newport Beach.

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

Newport Beach police have confirmed that Stanwood Fred Elkus of Lake Elsinore is in custody in connection with the shooting that killed Dr. Ronald Gilbert, 52.

Investigators out of the Newport Beach Police Department were on scene throughout the night at the Elkus residence located at 15691 Laguna Avenue in Lake Elsinore, and Dpty. Albert Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said the NPPD is the lead agency on the investigation.

At the time of the shooting, a caller inside the medical office reported hearing six to seven shots, according to NPPD reports.

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

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

According to an online biography, Gilbert, 53, was a married father of two teenage boys and lived in Huntington Beach. 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.

James Lord, 54, a neighbor who lives across the street from Elkus, said he knew the suspect well. Elkus, a retired barber, lived alone in the home and had been a resident of the area for nearly 20 years, Lord said.

"He was a nice guy who never bothered anyone," he said.

"He had some kind of prostate problem, but I don't where his doctor was located," Lord continued.

On Sunday, Lord and Elkus were together.

"He wanted to give me $10 for fixing something and he insisted I take a tool that was his. He said it was ok because he wasn't going to be alive much longer. He also asked if I would take his trash cans in Monday. Monday is trash day here. I wish I could have seen the signs," Lord said.

Elkus was known to be a gun owner and used to frequent a shooting range, Lord said.

Neighbor Rick Gower, 52, also knew Elkus as a friendly man who was often seen riding his bike to the grocery story. However, Elkus's prostate problems were often a topic of conversation.

"He talked about it a lot. He would always say, 'Don't ever get a prostate operation because it will screw your life up.'"

Gower, who watched police work the quiet Laguna Avenue home all night, said he didn't think Elkus wasn't capable of killing.

"I don't think so," he said. "No."

The crack of gunshots shocked the quiet Newport Beach 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.” --Toni McAllister and Daniel Lane contributed to this report

LBV Collins January 30, 2013 at 04:10 AM
On a side note, does anyone else find it annoyingly difficult to communicate with this new "pending approval" approach to monitoring our comments? I find it near impossible to carry on a conversation with anyone. (And I know the Patch editors are doing their best... but it really does suck.)
LBV Collins January 30, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Don't know if the story is true, Vince, but if it is, I'm glad the little girl was able to protect herself. And it sounds like she knew how to handle a firearm.
Reverend Smith January 30, 2013 at 04:14 AM
I hate getting dragged from this into the gun debate. But if everyone starts packing heat, it will spur an arms race. Criminals will start upgrading from a 9mm to an AK. Citizens will start carrying hand grenades. Where will it end? Probably some place with a lot more more corpses with holes in it than we have now.
Vince January 30, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Reverand...Switzerland has had success with "arming everyone", and that without any "arms race" among the citizenry...also, take a look at gun related crime stats in England, and how they have risen steadily since they "banned firearms"....funny thing is, criminals don't follow gun ownership laws anywhere they are put in place....go figger huh?
Vince January 30, 2013 at 05:14 AM
LBV...that little girl is a Skeet Champion, so she is very familiar with firearms...and she is a great example of the wisdom behind teaching young kids how to safely handle, and shoot guns. I am yet another great example, as I have been handling firearms of all types since I was about 7. Which I suppose is quite odd to SOME folks that over all these years the ONLY people I have shot at with the intent to kill, maim, or otherwise take OUT of the equation was when I had the "go ahead" from good ol' Uncle Sam his own damn self to do so...Trust me, all of you who hate guns, IF you ever truly need one and you don't have one at your disposal, oh my, it'll be time to re-think your postion, although just a tad late, maybe yeah huh? And if God forbid, ya ever gotta shoot someone, it is as my FBI pal used to say: "It is better to be judged by twelve of your peers...then to be carried by six of your friends." Yet I don't begrudge anyone who wants to take what they believe to be "the high road", and remain unarmed---but please, don't begrudge me having a grip on reality, and a personal history that spells out clearly that a gun CAN save your life, or the lives of people you care about.
Vince January 30, 2013 at 05:19 AM
"Pending Approval" is a great idea....it'll cut down on people dropping a dime to Toni about what someone has to say that they don't like....and it's usually about THEM...true or not!
No January 30, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Vince marry me!
Antonio January 30, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Just another senseless and tragic murder by a gun. The American public needs to decide if having the right to bear arms is worth the cost. To me it's clear guns don't add anything to our society, they are dangerous and offer a quick and effective way to kill someone. About 30,000 people are shot each year in the U.S. The average person has to have a license to drive but not own a killing machine. If it takes a repeal of the 2nd Amendment then we should do that.
Daniel McDonald January 30, 2013 at 07:59 PM
No! His name is Stanwood Elkus. He was a barber that worked for my grandfather for over 20 years at his shop off of El Toro rd & muirands before he retired. I"ve known Stan for long time. As a kid running through the shop everyday. Stan was a very nice man. He had no hard will towards others. til now I gues. He spoke frequent spanish, rode his bicycle to work and back. And Oh, he never spent a dime on anything. i remeber he would drive with his brights on so he would have to by new headights, CHEAP!
Antonio January 30, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Interested readers can sign a petition to the U.S. Senate to approve the assault weapons ban at http://democracyforamerica.com/petitions/30-congress-pass-an-assault-weapons-ban.
Antonio January 30, 2013 at 08:16 PM
The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution is about Militias. The early US government did not keep a standing army. It used state militias to put down rebellions and insurrections like Shay's Rebellion and The Whiskey Rebellion. The Militia act of 1792 spelled out what the states had to do to keep militias and what the militia consisted of and what the citizens duties were. State militias were replaced with the National Guard by the Militia act of 1903. The 2nd amendment was to protect the early government FROM insurrection by the people NOT to protect the people from the newly formed and weak US government.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 01:18 AM
What was this article about? After perusing all the comments, I was totally lost.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Lastly, when are all you Americans going to ever face the real problem. The punishment must fit the crime. You want gun control???? Ridiculous! You want tougher & more severe penalties for perpetrators of crimes? HOORAY! You aren't going to end violence in your country, but you can sure make those who commit crimes pay the piper! It's about time!!! No, it's past time!!!!
Antonio January 31, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Switzerland is very different from the US (higher education levels, race homogeneity, higher incomes, lack of gangs, non-violent culture, etc.) and is not a fair comparison. England has about 50 gun deaths a year compared to 30,000 in the good old USA. You say the most obvious and irrelevant comments ("criminals don't follow gun laws") as if you had some brilliant epiphany. This is just your bias-toward-guns talking. We need to repeal the 2nd Amendment and work toward a healthy gun free society.
Antonio January 31, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Tougher punishment? The U.S. has more people in prison than any other country. The U.S. has the highest percentage of it's population in prison than any other country.The courts have ruled prisoners are entitled to decent health care and other standards and it costs about $50,000/yr per prisoner. Where do we get the funding for your idea. Raise taxes? And don't give me that B.S. about cutting waste.
Antonio January 31, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Unless there is new info, this guy spent 75 years without being labeled "mentally ill." Perhaps he was disgruntled, unhappy, had a bad day, used bad judgement, is weird, narrow minded, whatever. This shows how dangerous and effective guns are at killing. Guns in a civil society should only be in the hands of highly trained law enforcement.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Oh MY!!!!! I must have touched a nerve on that one! Our prisoners get health care to in our country & throughout Europe. But they don't sit in their cells wasting away. We put them to work, to be productive for the rest of the people. Maybe YOU should write to your legislators & complain to them. Sitting here spouting off BS about cutting waste (where did that come from) & complaining about the cost of taking care of criminals (what do YOU propose as a solution to the problem?) certainly isn't a remedy. But I'm sure you will come up with something to enlighten your readers!
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 04:12 AM
"We need to repeal the 2nd Amendment and work toward a healthy gun free society." Your idea might work in a country that has very few guns. It is a ridiculous suggestion here. With a population of over 300 million people and approximately 285 million guns privately owned (give or take a few), you honestly think Americans are going to surrender their guns??? What a joke!!!
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Vince, well said, but often words spoken wisely fall on deaf ears to those who refuse to see, listen, & internalize.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 04:43 AM
"England has about 50 gun deaths a year compared to 30,000 in the good old USA." Hmmmmm, where did you get these statistics ???? Last year, according to the FBI, the United States had 11,493 not 30,000. Huge discrepancy. Unless you are counting all the deaths in war movies, gangster movies, & reruns of the Untouchables!
Vince January 31, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Lyn dear, I think you were referring to "The Dick Act" of 1902 (See: Above a few Posts)---and trust me, I don't make up the names, I just pass them along...So here, read up on THE DICK ACT: http://www.civilrightstaskforce.info/gun_control_forbidden.htm And when I have a notion to put together some REAL stats from The U.K., that are not tainted by The U.N., I will----and I know it won't interest you that the U.K. UNDER REPORTS gun crimes, with intent, and that driven by The Globalist's within The U.N...so quite frankly, whatever them Limey's say on most anything at all, I immediately discount it as being nothing more then Globalist BS Propaganda... And Irishman, deal is with Lyn, she is a Bleeding Heart, and one who thinks that if ya throw enough kisses and flowers at a problem, it'll be HEALED, and go away. Throughout history, when the tyrants come to calling, "peace loving" folks just like ol' Lyn here are the first people they irradicate....mostly because it is so easy being as how they come running to them, arms wide open for a group hug: Like lambs to the slaughter.
Antonio January 31, 2013 at 05:10 AM
We overcome greater odds. Don't underestimate the will of the American people. Put prisoners to work? The republican front called the Chamber of Commerce would shut that idea down in a minute. What's the solution. Spend more money on education, training, community organizing, jobs, drug rehab, gang intervention, parent training. Spend more money on ideas that prevent/reduce the crime rate and rehab to lower the high % of recidivism.
Vince January 31, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Forget if I mentioned this yesterday, BUT...Homeland Security ordered up 7,000 ASSAULT RIFLES (with the full auto selector switch, and 30 round magazines)----gosh, I s'pose they need them fancy schmancy firesticks so they can burn up some of that "practice" hollow point ammo they've been stockpiling (1.2+ BILLION ROUNDS in .223, and 40 cal.)...ya think? OR, maybe they be thinkin' they'll come in handy if and when they find it necessary to DISARM AMERICA by force...utilizing Obama's Homeland Security Army of pimple faced kids he has been training hot and heavy over the last few months, of course...Should be interesting, whatever the case may be.
Vince January 31, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Oh....I shoulda included a LINK on them firesticks, like this one fer instance: http://www.examiner.com/article/department-of-homeland-security-buying-7-000-full-auto-assault-rifles
Antonio January 31, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Vince, your link is to a rabid gun rights web site. People who get their info from sources that support their preconceived beliefs are call "biased." Don't be biased aim for a more objective view of the world. It's not that frightening.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 05:58 PM
"Don't underestimate the will of the American people"??? Lyn, just curious, what is the will of the American people you allude to here?
One Voice January 31, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Antonio February 01, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Ok Irish, your 11,000 per year is the number of "gun murders," this is in addition to 55,000 gun shot (non fatal assaults) 21,000 gun suicides, etc. There are several websites that report gun statistics. Ever hear of Google? For example see http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/. Also, I was referring to the will of the American people to eventually do the right thing after exhausting all other options (quote from Winston Churchill).
Anthony February 01, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Shocking! I have met and talked with Stan many times over at Ed's, the local neighborhood mechanic's house. Stan was having some work done on his vehicle that I knew about. Nice guy but a little off. That may have been because of his age. He seemed harmless enough but then again any old man can seem harmless until you put a gun in thier hand. This just blow's me away...
The Irishman February 02, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Lyn, Winston Churchill's comment was made in reference to American soldiers aiding Great Britain & France in their defense of a Totalitarian government that sought to dominate them. That was the will of the American people he was referring to & hoping that, although America's population had approximately 25 percent German heritage somewhere in their ancestry, they would join the Allies & help defeat Europe's menace to freedom. No Google necessary here, but you should check it out. One other thing. This is a premise I live by. If you didn't hear it with your own ears Or see it with your own eyes, Don't invent it with your small mind And share it with your big mouth.


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