Ex-Doctor Attacks Bronx Hospital
At least two people were killed in a shooting at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City. The gunman, a disgruntled former employee, killed himself after shooting several people and killing one doctor at work. The shooter has reportedly been identified as Dr. Henry Bello.
New York Police have also confirmed six additional shooting victims, five of whom were taken to the hospital’s emergency room, and one person who was shot in the leg.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed reporters around 5:30pm confirming that one of the dead victims was a doctor at work in the hospital.
“There are several doctors who are fighting for their lives right now, amongst those who are wounded,” de Blasio said.
“Thank God this was not an act of terrorism,” the mayor added, but rather an “isolated incident.”
CNN reported the gunman died from a self-inflicted wound on the 16th floor of the hospital.
Six others were injured, five seriously.
One of the doctors who was shot was reported to have been treated by others inside the hospital who used a fire hose as an improvised tourniquet.
The Bronx Lebanon hospital is one of the largest in New York City, with 972 beds.
Witnesses are describing the moments of panic and horror during a deadly shooting inside a Bronx hospital Friday.
Police said the gunman, a former employee identified as Dr. Henry Bello, opened fire inside Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the early afternoon.
Doctors reportedly refused to evacuate and insisted on treated the wounded right inside the hospital, and many other stories of heroism emerged from the tragedy.
One man, Eric Fisher, described the situation inside the hospital as he was locked in a bathroom with his wife, mother-in-law and newborn son.
The newborn, Ethan Reese Fisher, was in an incubator in the bathroom.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill did not officially name him, but confirmed the suspect’s relationship to the hospital during a press conference.
Police also said the suspect was wearing a white lab coat and carrying a rifle. He tried to set himself on fire, police said, triggering a fire alarm. He then shot himself as police approached him.
Bello reportedly resigned from the hospital in 2015 in lieu of being fired, according to WNBC. Citing law enforcement sources, the news outlet reported that Bello had an arrest record, including for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination. He also reportedly had at least five addresses since leaving the hospital. A web database showed Bello had no disciplinary history with the New York state licensing board, WNBC reported.
Bello was issued a limited two-year permit to practice medicine on July 1, 2014, the Associated Press reported, citing New York State Education Department records. Born in Nigeria, he was allowed to practice as an international medical graduate on his way to becoming licensed.
The AP also reported that Bello resigned from the hospital in 2015 amid sexual harassment accusations.