Thursday, February 07, 2002

Daughter charged in murder of father

No motive apparent after fatal shooting in hospital

By Tom O'Neill, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and David Eck, Enquirer contributor

        Vicki Glick walked into her father's hospital room, where he was being treated for prostate cancer, pulled out a .357-caliber handgun and shot him four times, police said.

        Wednesday, investigators said they are still unsure why she pumped the four bullets Tuesday night into Robert Price, 75, a General Electric Co. retiree who lived in Clermont County's Goshen Township.

        Ms. Glick, 51, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of aggravated murder and is being held on $250,000 bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        Her father died shortly after the 6:50 p.m. Tuesday shooting at Mercy Hospital Anderson, where Ms. Glick was apprehended. Mr. Price had been there less than 24 hours and was scheduled to be released Wednesday, hospital officials said.

        Hospital officials discounted a theory that the shooting was a mercy killing.

        “There seems to be no indication of that,” said Patti Schroer, president of Mercy Hospital Anderson. “From our hospital perspective he was not terminal.”

        Women at Ms. Glick's home in Pierce Township, Clermont County, and her father's home declined comment Wednesday.

        As a relative, Ms. Glick had access to her father's room and raised no suspicion when she entered, Ms. Schroer said.

        Ms. Glick “made no indication of her plans to harm him,” Ms. Schroer said.

        A female nurse ran into the room when she heard the gun go off. She persuaded Ms. Glick to put down the weapon.

        On a tape of a 911 call to Hamilton County dispatchers, a nurse can be heard imploring a woman to put down the gun.

        “She observed the final shots,” Ms. Schroer said. “As a hospital, we are prepared to handle different disasters. This particular incident was not on our radar screen.”

        Officials said hospital staff treated Mr. Price immediately after the shooting, but were unable to save him. The hospital is working with employees to deal with emotional trauma from the incident.

        A defense attorney for Ms. Glick, who lives in the 3700 block of Merwin Ten Mile Road, said he doesn't expect this to be a capital case, in which she would face the death penalty if convicted.

        In arguing for a low bond Wednesday morning, Peter Rosenwald told Judge Guy Guckenberger that Ms. Glick is employed and has no known criminal record.

        A check of criminal, civil, domestic and probate records in Clermont County Court revealed nothing about the accused shooter.

        Ms. Glick, who is married, is a customer service representative for HomeGoods, a home furnishings store, Mr. Rosenwald said. She graduated from Goshen High School in 1968.

        Mr. Rosenwald said he spoke only briefly with Ms. Glick Wednesday morning and knew nothing about the circumstances that led to the shooting.

        Ms. Glick has lived in southwest Ohio for 48 years and Florida for three, he said.

        A longtime neighbor of Mr. Price's said he had been in and out of hospitals to be treated for prostate cancer after being diagnosed about four years ago.

        Mr. Price couldn't be operated on because of artery problems in his neck, said John Paul Jones, 86. He has lived two doors down from Mr. Price since 1976, when Mr. Price moved to the area from Blue Ash.

        “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago myself so we would get together and compare notes,” Mr. Jones said.

        Mr. Price, who lived with his wife, Mildred, had sometimes been able to drive to the hospital for treatments, but at other times had to be taken by ambulance, Mr. Jones said.

        “It's so sad and hard to believe,” Mr. Jones said. "He always tooted the horn at me when he drove by. He was a very nice man to talk to. It's a shame I couldn't see him more. They were good neighbors, kept to themselves."

        The couple has another daughter who lives in the area and a son who lives in California, Mr. Jones said.

        Hospital administrators will review policies and procedures in light of the shooting, Ms. Schroer said. Tuesday's was the first such incident at Mercy Anderson.

        Some visitors to the hospital Wednesday said the shooting surprised them, but didn't shake their confidence in the hospital's security.

        “I think it's a concern,” said Mary Edmondson, who was at the hospital while her husband had day-long tests. “I think it was kind of scary to have a loved one in the hospital when this happened.”

        Jennifer Edwards contributed to this report.


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