Lake Elsinore Man Who Allegedly Gunned Down Newport Beach Urologist Suffered From Prostate Problems

Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore is identified as the alleged gunman at a Hoag medical office.

A 75-year-old Lake Elsinore man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of doctor in Newport Beach.

The slaying was reported at 2:45 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Hoag Medical Group building at 520 Superior Ave. in Newport Beach, according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

Newport Beach police have confirmed that Stanwood Fred Elkus of Lake Elsinore is in custody in connection with the shooting that killed Dr. Ronald Gilbert, 52.

Investigators out of the Newport Beach Police Department were on scene throughout the night at the Elkus residence located at 15691 Laguna Avenue in Lake Elsinore, and Dpty. Albert Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said the NPPD is the lead agency on the investigation.

At the time of the shooting, a caller inside the medical office reported hearing six to seven shots, according to NPPD reports.

Officers responded to the scene, where they found both the suspect and victim still inside the office and took Elkus into custody without incident, Lowe said. "Everyone else in the building was safe. Unfortunately the victim was deceased at the scene."

The victim had been shot several times in the torso, said Lowe. No other injuries were reported.

According to an online biography, Gilbert, 53, was a married father of two teenage boys and lived in Huntington Beach. He is credited as the chief scientist behind Promescent, a spray-on product to prevent premature ejaculation. 

A graduate of UCI Medical School, he once served as chief of Hoag Hospital's urology department and as an assistant clinical professor of urology at UCI.

James Lord, 54, a neighbor who lives across the street from Elkus, said he knew the suspect well. Elkus, a retired barber, lived alone in the home and had been a resident of the area for nearly 20 years, Lord said.

"He was a nice guy who never bothered anyone," he said.

"He had some kind of prostate problem, but I don't where his doctor was located," Lord continued.

On Sunday, Lord and Elkus were together.

"He wanted to give me $10 for fixing something and he insisted I take a tool that was his. He said it was ok because he wasn't going to be alive much longer. He also asked if I would take his trash cans in Monday. Monday is trash day here. I wish I could have seen the signs," Lord said.

Elkus was known to be a gun owner and used to frequent a shooting range, Lord said.

Neighbor Rick Gower, 52, also knew Elkus as a friendly man who was often seen riding his bike to the grocery story. However, Elkus's prostate problems were often a topic of conversation.

"He talked about it a lot. He would always say, 'Don't ever get a prostate operation because it will screw your life up.'"

Gower, who watched police work the quiet Laguna Avenue home all night, said he didn't think Elkus wasn't capable of killing.

"I don't think so," he said. "No."

The crack of gunshots shocked the quiet Newport Beach neighborhood.

Nearby residents and employees of the medical office building waited outside Monday afternoon as police collected evidence.

Mike O’Neil, who lives a few blocks from the medical building, said he was startled to hear about the shooting. O’Neil said he was drawn to the scene by the unusual sight of police cars.

“It’s unbelievable that this happened here,” he said. “People aren’t safe on the streets or at work.” --Toni McAllister and Daniel Lane contributed to this report

The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 05:58 PM
"Don't underestimate the will of the American people"??? Lyn, just curious, what is the will of the American people you allude to here?
One Voice January 31, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Antonio February 01, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Ok Irish, your 11,000 per year is the number of "gun murders," this is in addition to 55,000 gun shot (non fatal assaults) 21,000 gun suicides, etc. There are several websites that report gun statistics. Ever hear of Google? For example see http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/. Also, I was referring to the will of the American people to eventually do the right thing after exhausting all other options (quote from Winston Churchill).
Anthony February 01, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Shocking! I have met and talked with Stan many times over at Ed's, the local neighborhood mechanic's house. Stan was having some work done on his vehicle that I knew about. Nice guy but a little off. That may have been because of his age. He seemed harmless enough but then again any old man can seem harmless until you put a gun in thier hand. This just blow's me away...
The Irishman February 02, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Lyn, Winston Churchill's comment was made in reference to American soldiers aiding Great Britain & France in their defense of a Totalitarian government that sought to dominate them. That was the will of the American people he was referring to & hoping that, although America's population had approximately 25 percent German heritage somewhere in their ancestry, they would join the Allies & help defeat Europe's menace to freedom. No Google necessary here, but you should check it out. One other thing. This is a premise I live by. If you didn't hear it with your own ears Or see it with your own eyes, Don't invent it with your small mind And share it with your big mouth.


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