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Fired researcher who shot medical school dean is convicted of attempted murder

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 19 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2959
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A disgraced former researcher who shot the dean of Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York has been convicted of attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, and first degree assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Hengjun Chao, 50, claimed in court that he shot psychiatrist Dennis Charney, 66, in an attempt to draw publicity to corruption he had discovered at the medical school.

Chao shot Charney as the dean emerged from a delicatessen holding a coffee, early in the morning on his way to work.1 The shooting was captured on security video, as was Chao’s staking out the delicatessen for four days previously.

Seeing Charney emerge, …

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