NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 75-year-old barber was jailed Tuesday for investigation of killing a urologist in his exam room, but police have not yet released a motive.
Stanwood Fred Elkus of Lake Elsinore was arrested following the Monday afternoon attack and held on $1 million bail, according to the county jail website.
Elkus is suspected of killing Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, of Huntington Beach at the medical office in Orange County.
Police said they found Elkus and Gilbert in a second-floor room after several 911 callers reported six or seven shots fired. A gun was found at the scene.
The doctor had been shot several times in the upper body and was declared dead at the scene in Newport Beach.
Elkus had been undergoing treatment for prostate problems, neighbors told the Los Angeles Times. He frequently visited Gilbert, neighbor James Lord said.
The Orange County sheriff’s jail website listed Elkus as a barber, but neighbors said he was retired.
An autopsy was planned Tuesday and Elkus was scheduled to appear Wednesday in court. Police searched his home but declined to disclose what they found.
Gilbert, a married father of two children, appeared to be the only target of the attack, police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said.