Tuesday 21 November 2017

One dead, six hurt as doctor opens fire in NY hospital

A hospital staff member walks past police outside the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Photo: Getty
A hospital staff member walks past police outside the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Photo: Getty

Colleen Long

A doctor with a rifle hidden under a lab coat opened fire at the New York hospital where he used to work, killing one person and wounding six others before taking his own life.

The shooting by former employee Dr Henry Bello started at 2.50pm inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, drawing a heavy police presence to the area.

Killer Henry Bello
Killer Henry Bello

Hospital employees barricaded themselves in rooms to escape the violence.

"I thought I was going to die," said Renaldo Del Villar, a 55-year-old patient who was in the third-floor emergency room getting treatment for a lower back injury.

He said an alarm went off, and police said there was an active shooter in the hospital. Someone on the loudspeaker also announced a "Code Silver".

"I asked them, 'Are we safe here?'" Mr Del Villar said. "When there's a shooter and you don't know where the shooter is, you don't know what's going to happen."

Police officers went floor by floor looking for the gunman and reported just before 4pm that he was dead inside the building. Three doctors are believed to be among the wounded in the violent incident.

Bello is understood to have resigned from the hospital staff in 2015.

The FBI tweeted that they had found "no nexus to terrorism" so far.

Garry Trimble said his wife, hospital employee Denise Brown, called him from inside the hospital shortly after 3pm.

"She woke me up and told me there was a situation, somebody's out there shooting people," Mr Trimble said as he waited for his wife to come out.

"I could hear in her voice she was shaking and about to cry."

Irish Independent

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