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Paragraphs 4 through 6 read:  "Police said employee Wayne L. Horowitz entered the office housing employees of the Department of Health's Radiation Control Division about 9 a.m. and shot the two men at least two times. He then turned the gun on himself."

"Horowitz, who police said was unhappy and felt like people working with him didn't like him, shot himself twice and died at the scene."

"He had traces of Prozac in his urine but not his blood at the time of his death, according to autopsy results."



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2 shooting victims out of hospital

The Florida Times-Union - October 6, 2002
Author: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer

The two state supervisors shot by a disgruntled worker Sept. 26 at a Riverside Avenue office building have been released from Shands Jacksonville.

Philip Thoma, 43, and Don Steiner, 50, were initially listed in critical condition. The two men are now at home and spending time with their families.

"He's doing fine and we want to put it behind us," said Steiner's wife, Joyce. She declined further comment.

Police said employee Wayne L. Horowitz entered the office housing employees of the Department of Health's Radiation Control Division about 9 a.m. and shot the two men at least two times. He then turned the gun on himself.

Horowitz, who police said was unhappy and felt like people working with him didn't like him, shot himself twice and died at the scene.

He had traces of Prozac in his urine but not his blood at the time of his death, according to autopsy results.

The three men worked for a state regulatory division that checks X-ray machines and other radiological equipment used at Northeast Florida hospitals.

According to the health department's personnel files, Horowitz was hired by the department in 1993. On his last evaluation in January, he was rated as meeting performance standards. There are no disciplinary issues in his file.

CRIME NEWS

SHOOTING DEATH: Jacksonville police are investigating the shooting death of a man yesterday.

Ryan McCarthy, 19, was shot about 1 a.m. while he and friends were sitting in a car in the 3200 block of Park Street on the Westside. No one else was injured, police said.

Homicide Sgt. Barry Stevenson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said police have no suspects.

SUSPECT ARRESTED: The final suspect wanted for a slaying in June in Arlington has been arrested in Chicago.

Jack Obie Davis, 20, is charged with murder in the death of Bernard Frank, 30. He was extradited to Jacksonville and jailed yesterday.

Four other people have been arrested in Frank's death.

Firefighters responded to Sunrise Apartments, 1135 Bert Road, on June 29 and found Frank dead just inside the door to his home. Investigators have said a fire had been set to destroy evidence.

TRAFFIC CRASHES

THREE KILLED: Three people died during separate crashes Friday evening and early yesterday.

The first fatality happened at 5:15 p.m. Friday in Fernandina Beach, where resident Ronald T. Soltis, 61, was driving west on Olive Street at Eighth Street. The Florida Highway Patrol reported Soltis was at a stop sign and drove into the path of Cameron M. Owens, 27, of Kingsland, Ga., who was headed north. Soltis died at the scene, and Owens was treated for injuries at Shands Jacksonville.

About three hours later, 64-year-old Edward Curtis of Jacksonville was fatally injured driving on Roosevelt Boulevard at Interstate 295. A patrol report said Curtis was driving north when he veered across the median and through the southbound lanes onto the far shoulder of the road, where his car hit a sign. A helicopter ambulance flew him to Shands Jacksonville, where he died.

The final death occurred just south of Marineland about 12:45 a.m. yesterday. In that wreck, the patrol reported Joshua J. Schmale, 27, of Chuluota in Volusia County, died when a vehicle he was riding in overturned on Florida A1A and he was ejected. The driver, Justin McKechnie, 29, of Chuluota, was in serious condition yesterday at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Times-Union staff writers Tia Mitchell and Steve Patterson contributed to this report.
Edition: City
Section: Metro
Page: B-5
Column: Law & Disorder
Index Terms: Digest
Record Number: 1970969
Copyright 2002 The Florida Times-Union
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