Police link doctor’s killing to dispute with hospital colleague

By Calvin Palmer

Police believe the gunman who killed a Yale University doctor outside his Connecticut home today may have had a dispute with him at the hospital where they both worked.

Lishan Wang, 44, a Chinese citizen whose last known address was in Marietta, Georgia, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses in the fatal shooting of Vajinder Toor.

Police say 34-year-old Toor was killed in the parking lot of his condominium complex, at 255 Blueberry Lane, Branford, and that Wang also fired at Toor’s pregnant wife but missed her.

Witnesses said they heard as many as eight shots. Police said Toor was shot multiple times.

Toor worked at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York before joining Yale. Police are investigating whether Toor and the gunman had a dispute on the job.

Branford police Lt Geoffrey Morgan said: “We’re following a hypothesis that the victim and the assailant had some sort of negative interaction at a previous employer.”

Hersh Arora, a neighbor and family friend, said Toor’s wife, Parneeta, had just waved goodbye to her husband and closed the door when she heard gunshots and ran outside. She saw her husband lying on the ground, saw a man with a gun and asked what he was doing.

The man started firing at her, so she hid behind a car, Arora said. A neighbor tried to perform CPR on Toor, Arora said.

The couple have a three-year old-son, and Parneeta is five months pregnant, Arora said.

Wang was caught about a mile from the scene driving a van and was taken into custody on Bushy Plain Road. He is being held on a $2 million bond.

[Based on reports by the Hartford Courant and Associated Press.] 

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