Dr. Vajinder Pal Toor Murder: Lishan Wang Appears in Court
Lishan Wang Appeared in Court and is Charged With the Murder of Dr. Vajinder Pal Toor
Lishan Wang hung his head as he appeared in court and listened to his charge of murder for the killing of Dr. Vajinder Pal Toor on Monday April 26 and the charge of attempted murder for Dr. Toor's wife.
Dr. Toor, a Yale doctor, was on his way to work and was outside his Connecticut home when Lishan Wang fired multiple times, hitting and killing the doctor. He then tried to kill his wife. According to CNN, when Wang was picked up just a few miles away, he was carrying handguns, about 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a wig. Printouts were also found in his car of Dr. Toor and the names of two other people who may have been target's of Wangs as well.
Why Did Lishan Wang Kill Dr. Toor?
Lishan Wang had held a two year grudge against Dr. Vajinder Pal Toor after he was fired from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York.
The Brooklyn hospital fired Wang in 2008 after a confrontation with Toor, according to a police report and civil court records. Wang then sued the medical center, alleging discrimination against him.
Wang claimed that the other doctors harassed him and humiliated him whenever they could because he is Chinese. He was also angry that the Human Resources department called him 'mentally impaired and suffering from anger issues' and he had already been flagged as being unable to control his anger.
He also claimed that Dr. Toor, who was chief resident at the time, said that Wang was not doing his job properly and ignoring calls and pages from doctors. As the two got in to a discussion, Dr. Toor claims that Wang 'threatened his safety by using hostile body language'.
Wang was suspended without pay pending an investigation. He said in his court papers that the hospital would fire him if he did not seek "disability leave for mental impairment." Wang said he refused to "feign impairment for the sake of saving his job."
Lishan Wang has not yet entered a plea in the case, but police are treating this as a revenge case and are holding Wang on a $2 million bail.