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US: NRI doctor shot dead by Chinese colleague

Source: PTI
April 27, 2010 22:54 IST
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An Indian-origin doctor at the Yale School of Medicine was shot dead by a Chinese colleague, who also tried to kill victim's pregnant wife, the police said.

Vajinder Toor (34) was shot multiple times in the parking lot outside his condominium in the New Haven suburb on Monday, according to Branford police spokesman Lt Geoffrey Morgan.

The police has charged Toor's former colleague Dr Lishan Wang in the killing. Wang was a former colleague of Dr Toors at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Wang, 44, a Chinese citizen from Beijing, also fired at Toor's pregnant wife, but she was not wounded. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses and is being held on a two million dollar bail.

The New York Times said Toor was walking in the parking lot toward his car shortly before 8 am on Monday when he was shot several times.

Police arrested Wang after witnesses to the shooting provided details about the assailant and his vehicle, authorities said. Toor was a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Medicine and was working with the infectious-disease section of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Wang had a history of confrontations with Toor and other colleagues that led to his firing, the authorities said. In a federal lawsuit filed in July, Wang claimed medical staff, including a "Dr Vajinder," the chief resident for the Department of Medicine, singled out Chinese residents and humiliated them verbally.

Toor graduated from New Delhi, India and had worked in 2008 at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, a large acute-care hospital. Wang was a member of Kingsbrook's medical residency training program starting in July 2006. He was terminated two years later.

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