A Doctor Is Dead And Six Are Wounded After A Shooting At A New York City Hospital

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.

A doctor was killed and several others wounded Friday at a busy hospital in New York City after a man wearing a white lab coat opened fire before killing himself, officials said.

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.”


Wilfredo Ramirez, a patient at the hospital, said that after hearing the gun shots he saw a security guard helping a victim who appeared to be a younger doctor.


“I seen the doctor covered in blood, shot,” Ramirez said.

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.


Other images from the scene showed officers apparently taking cover behind a truck outside the hospital.

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.

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