The shooting happened at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Friday afternoon. Police later said a suspected gunman, who reportedly was a former hospital employee, killed himself.
The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. One doctor, a woman, was killed and six other people were wounded, Police Commissioner James O’Neil said. Among them were “several doctors who are fighting for their lives,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio added.
Officials did not name the suspected shooter, but multiple news outlets, citing police sources, identified him as Henry Bello. O’Neill described the suspect as a former employee of the hospital who was wearing a white lab coat.
Police eventually found the shooter on the 15th floor, “dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” O’Neill said. An assault rifle was found nearby, police said.
O’Neill added that the hospital’s fire alarm system was triggered during the incident, “apparently due the suspect’s attempt to set himself on fire.”
De Blasio described the shooting as an “isolated incident” and a “workplace matter” with no apparent connection to terrorism.
“This was a horrific situation unfolding in the middle of a place that people associate with care and comfort,” he said. “A situation that came out of nowhere.”
Leonard Oyola, who was also in the building, said he heard a security guard yell “code silver” and that he let a nurse “covered in blood” use his phone.
Images from the scene showed police escorting people to safety.
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital has operated for more than 120 years and describes itself as the largest voluntary, not-for-profit health care system serving the South and Central Bronx.