Doctor shot and killed in Mishawaka also served patients in LaPorte office

Dr. Graham

A physician shot and killed by a gunman in Mishawaka also maintained an office at the Beacon Medical Group facility on I Street in LaPorte. Dr. Todd A. Graham, 56, was shot several times Wednesday afternoon, July 26, 2017, in a parking lot outside the Saint Joseph Rehabilitation Institute.

The shooter, whose name had not been released as of Wednesday night, shot and killed himself a few hours later at a friend’s house nearby.

Graham specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as pain management, according to the Beacon website. He maintained offices in LaPorte, Mishawaka and South Bend.  

Police said Graham and the shooter had a confrontation earlier Wednesday. “There’s been other information that’s been obtained that perhaps this has been a building situation within the suspect,” a police spokesman told the media.

According to the Beacon webpage, Graham graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, then Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency at Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

6 Responses to “Doctor shot and killed in Mishawaka also served patients in LaPorte office”

  1. Donna Perschke

    Jul 27. 2017

    He was one of my doctors and did not deserve to be killed. He was a very caring and kind doctor. Sympathy to his family. So sad.

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  2. Brenda O'Banion

    Jul 27. 2017

    The community has suffered a great loss. He was a kind & caring professional doctor. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to his family & friends. RIP DR. Graham. Such a sad and tragic misfortune.

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  3. Lorie

    Jul 28. 2017

    Dr. Todd Graham was my doctor many years ago! One of the best doctors I have had the pleasure of taking care of my chronic medical condition! He listened to you, made an honest effort to treat me and set the bar extremely high for the next doctor! He was a man of concern and care! He was not a doctor who would just write a script, he sincerely wanted to get his patients back to active life styles! RIP Doctor, thank you for your dedication to the medical field and the patients you served!

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  4. Michael L. Whitworth, MD

    Jul 29. 2017

    It is time doctors begin to reconsider the wisdom of prescribing opioids for chronic pain, especially given that marijuana is available in 29 states and kratom is available on the internet. Several doctors and their staff have been killed by pain patients over the past several years, and perhaps this killing will be the last straw for many doctors. Physicians should not have to sacrifice their lives trying to differentiate between legitimate pain patients and the nut case addicts who would kill them if they don’t get their candy.

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    • K.Averill

      Jul 29. 2017

      My prayers are with this family. I agree with your comment 100%. Dr. Whitworth. I am a phone nurse in a large Family Medicine office and it’s a day to day struggle. And unfortunately, it seems that until we can stop worshipping at the altar of “patient satisfaction” there’s no end in site. In past years a patient behaving inappropriately was grounds for immediate dismissal from the practice . Now we pat their hands and politely try to smooth their ruffled feathers because ……oh my……we may lose a patient!

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  5. Heather

    Aug 04. 2017

    This does sadden me, he personally didn’t deserve it! Sorry though as a opiate dependent person, I understand why!! People judge the medical condition, but don’t have to go through the sickness and pain that we do( which all started from a dr prescription). Without it your life is detrimental , and work and parenting become not doable !!! Do you think anyone wakes up wanting to be sick, because a dr gave them MEDS and took you off to feel like death and then have to live each day to just be okay!! So beware responding unless you can be open minded at both sides of opiate addiction. The guy handled this very poorly but I can see why it becomes a thought..

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