BAKERSFIELD, CALIF - A man is dead after a shooting inside a Northeast doctor's office. Bakersfield Police say Dr. Edwin Zong opened fire on a man inside his office during an attempted robbery. Today, Dr. Zong told us he was attacked by a man claiming to be a new patient, he said he thought he was going to die, but he grabbed his gun just in time. Dr. Zong told us his story while still in his bloody clothes and walking on crutches.
Dr.Zong explained that he is a holistic doctor who specializes in healing people through natural medicine. He says he only writes medical marijuana prescriptions for established clients who typically have cancer. He says his business has been broken into multiple times, but last night he had a brush with death.
"I'm almost 50 years old...when he hit my head, I actually don't remember getting knocked down, my mind goes in and out and I thought my time was done. He said 'will you take a new patient?' and I said yea have a seat because this is last minute but I didn't give it a second thought. He just started attacking me and I don't remember how I got knocked down on the floor but it was very bad but when my mind come back he was just hitting me and I thought my left eyeball was gone because I didn't see anything", said Dr. Zong.
Bakersfield Police says Dr. Zong's story shows he acted in self-defense and he's not facing any charges. Officers say the doctor fired at the man three times and struck him in the chest. That man's identity has not yet been released by the coroner's office.
One of Dr. Zong's clients stopped by his business and told us the doctor has dedicated his life to helping people get off of narcotics. That client also said Dr. Zong has been victimized and harassed by people in the neighborhood in the past.
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