METAIRIE, La. (WWLTV) – An elderly man walked into the office of a doctor and shot him to death before walking out of the medical facility near East Jefferson Hospital and to a nearby Wendy’s restaurant where he shot and killed himself in front of customers and employees.
The incident occurred around 2 p.m. in the office building and then the restaurant in the proximity of Houma Blvd. and West Esplanade.
Dr. Elbert Goodier III, 75, a urologist, was the doctor who was shot. The perpetrator has not been identified.
Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said there were patients in Doctor Goodier’s office at the time of the shooting. He said it is uncertain at this time what the motivation for the shooting was – and whether or not the man knew Dr. Goodier.
Goodier, who was seeing a patient at the time, was shot in the head. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Gerry Cvitanovich, the Jefferson Parish Coroner, said the situation is classified as a “murder-suicide.”
“On a personal note,” said Cvitanovich, “I knew Dr. Goodier. He was very respected. It’s just a shock that it would happen to him.”