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MAN, 42, SHOOTS HIMSELF IN DERBY
FIRES RIFLE AT HIS HEAD INSIDE MEDICAL OFFICE

An Irving man apparently distraught over personal matters shot himself in the head in a Derby medical office complex Wednesday night, Evans police said.

Bruce Zgoda, 42, of Erie Road, was being treated this morning in Erie County Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Zgoda entered Caro Medical Center, 7008 Erie Road, shortly before 8 p.m., armed with a rifle, then locked himself in a back office of a massage therapy room, police said.

A woman, identified as a supervising medical coordinator of the center, was the only other person in the facility at the time.

She was walking through the building when she smelled cigarette smoke coming from the massage therapy office, police said.

The woman unlocked the door and discovered Zgoda "lying on the floor with the gun to his head and his finger on the trigger," Evans Police Lt. Samuel DeJohn said.

She talked with him for a moment and said she was going to make some coffee, then returned to the office and summoned authorities, according to Lt. Charles Danzi.

Shortly afterward, a gunshot rang out.

Police arrived at the scene to find Zgoda with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from a .22-caliber rifle. He was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

Police said Zgoda had a "strong pulse" while en route to the hospital.

DeJohn said Zgoda, identified as a patient of Caro Center since 1995, had a note with him, thanking the doctors, nurses and staff there.

Police declined to be specific about why he shot himself.

"Obviously, the man was distraught over family matters and medical problems," DeJohn said. "It's very unfortunate."

DeJohn said the investigation is continuing, but police do not think that Zgoda wanted to harm anyone else.

"There was only one bullet in the chamber," DeJohn said.

It was unclear how long the man was in the building before he was discovered, police added. DeJohn said he had smoked three cigarettes there.

Caro Medical Center, located within the Chapel Park Villa complex in Derby, houses several different offices for doctors, dentists, and physical and massage therapy.

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