A 52-year-old Burlington County man could go to prison for murder after fatally shooting an employee at a medical office last July.

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It's bad news for Bruce Gomola, Jr., who now faces charges of murder, aggravated assault of the patient, and possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose, but most likely relief for the family of 44-year-old Stephanie Horton.

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Horton was shot by Gomola in July of 2020 at her place of employment, Delaware Valley Urology in Mount Laurel, and died from her injuries, according to Courier Post. A patient at the medical center was also reportedly hit by gunfire but survived.

The incident was all reportedly a case of 'office rage'. Gomola was reportedly trying to make an appointment on behalf of his father when he became impatient and then enraged to the point that he pulled out a gun and shot Horton, a patient services representative, who was just trying to do her job.

Following the shooting Gomola was suspended by Burlington County Jail where he works, Courier Post reports. He's reportedly awaiting further judicial action from a cell in Morris County Jail.

A GoFundMe set up in Stephanie's honor reads, '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.'

So far, Stephanie's fund has raised more than $90,000.

Bruce Gomola, Jr. has not yet been convicted of this crime in a court of law. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

SOURCES: Courier Post

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