Two people were shot during the confrontation at a Mount Laurel doctor’s office Friday afternoon.
MOUNT HOLLY — A Burlington Township man has been charged with murder after he allegedly opened fire at a Mount Laurel doctor’s office and killed a Willingboro woman Friday afternoon.
The police investigation revealed that Bruce Gomola Jr. apparently became upset concerning an appointment for his father, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
When Stephanie Horton, a patient services representative, attempted to discuss the situation with Gomola, he pulled a .40 caliber handgun and fired one shot into her chest, authorities said. The bullet exited through her back and struck a female patient in the knee, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Gomola, identified in public records as a Burlington County Jail officer, also faces assault and weapons charges, the county prosecutor’s office said Friday night.
According to authorities, the Mount Laurel Police Department received reports of a shooting inside a building on the 15000 block of Midlantic Drive. Police responded to the Delaware Valley Urology office, one of several medical practices inside the building, shortly before 1 p.m.
After the shooting, Gomola left the building and drove away, but soon returned to the scene and surrendered without incident to a Mount Laurel detective, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Horton, 44, of Willingboro, was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m. at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The other victim, a woman in her fifties, was treated there for non-life-threatening injuries.
Gomola has been employed at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since 2008, according to public records.
He is being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility.
Shortly after Horton was identified a gofundme site was set up to aid her family, calling here a "hero." The organizer, Jennifer Otero, said all proceeds will go to Horton’s family to help with funeral and other expenses.
"Our beloved Stephanie Horton unexpectedly lost her life after a tragic & cruel act of gun violence. Stephanie is a HERO, she courageously put herself in harms way to protect those around her. Stephanie was strong, she was selfless, & she would fight for those she loved," the site dedication read.
"Even during the scariest moment of her life she was still trying to take care of everyone else. She was worried about her family, she didn't want them to worry."
The site said she was survived by her parents, her children, her boyfriend & children, and "her NJU family."
Staff writer George Woolston contributed to this report.