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3 Hospital Workers Die in Shooting

September 15, 1999

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ A gunman said to have been angered by his mother’s death stormed into a hospital Tuesday and opened fire, authorities said, killing three employees.

Police said the rampage ended when the suspect, identified as Dung Trinh, 43, was grabbed by people inside the hospital and held until police arrived. A gun was recovered.

Trinh was apparently angry at the West Anaheim Medical Center over the death of his mother at another hospital earlier that day, authorities said.

Mot Trinh, 72, had been treated at West Anaheim Medical Center in June for an undisclosed illness. She was taken to Anaheim Memorial West Hospital early Tuesday and died about five hours later.

After her death at about 10:30 a.m., police Lt. Steven Walker said Trinh drove a few blocks to West Anaheim Medical Center.

``Suspect Trinh, armed with a handgun, opened fire, killing three victims,″ Walker said.

A witness said one of the three was shot once when he tried to close the doors to a lobby and twice more when he struggled with the gunman.

``That’s when I grabbed my children and we ran out,″ said Faith Perry.

``I’d just like to thank him and say God bless him for what he tried to do for us,″ she said.

Police identified the victims as Marlene Mustaffa, 60, of Buena Park; Vincent Rosetti, 51, of Seal Beach; and Ronald Robertson, 51, of Fullerton. All worked at the hospital.

Two of the victims died where they fell. The third died a short time later in the hospital’s emergency room.

Police said it appears the gunman fired off numerous rounds before he was disarmed, although they wouldn’t say how many. The shootings occurred on two different floors.

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