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Police: Victims of terroristic threat are concerned for their safety

Richard Cunningham. Photo Source: Jacksonville Police Department. Richard Cunningham. Photo Source: Jacksonville Police Department.

A former East Texas Medical Center doctor who was arrested in Jacksonville for making a terroristic threat was arraigned in Cherokee County Thursday.

According to Jacksonville Police Department Sgt. Jason Price, Dr. Laurence Cunningham, 57, was arrested without incident by Jacksonville police after ETMC administrators called police when Cunningham showed up at the hospital on Wednesday morning with a shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle.

Price says that Cunningham made threatening comments towards a doctor of Middle Eastern descent whom Cunningham allegedly accused of being happy about the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Boston Marathon bombings. Neighbors of the victim say the family is actually from India, not the Middle East. 

According to police, Cunningham threatened that if the other doctor wasn't investigated for being a terrorist, he would come up to the hospital with his gun and shoot the man.

Cunningham was arrested on public intoxication and terroristic threat charges.

Sgt. Price says the victims of Cunningham's threat are worried for their safety.

"The victim's family has contacted law enforcement, of course, voicing their concerns. We have been in touch with them, you know, simple advice as to what to do to stay safe, and we're keeping them informed as well."

Thursday morning Cunningham was arraigned and sent to the Cherokee County Jail. His bond has been set at $15,000 for the terroristic threat charge. He agreed to appear in local court for the public intoxication charge.

Cunningham's attorney, Ricky Richards said Cunningham will enter a volunteer treatment facility once he posts bond and is released from jail.

Richards did not specify what type of treatment his client will be seeking. He was not available for further comment. 

On Thursday, Cunningham's family said they did not want to comment on his arrest. 

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