Sunday, July 2, 2017

Doctor fatally shoots 1, wounds 6 at NYC hospital before killing himself

Henry Bello

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New York NY July 2 2017 A doctor opened fire with an assault rifle Friday inside a New York City hospital where he used to work, killing a woman and wounding six people before turning the gun on himself, law enforcement officials said.
The shooting started a little before 3 p.m. ET at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. The 972-bed facility is one of the largest providers of outpatient services in New York.
Police said somebody called 911 to report a man with a gun on the 16th floor.
Police converged on the scene and officers found the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 17th floor, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said at a news briefing.
The man was wearing a white lab coat and carrying ID and his firearm was nearby, O'Neill said.
The shooter, Henry Bello, was a "disgruntled (former) employee" who worked at the hospital from August 2014 to February 2015, a hospital spokesman said. Errol Schneer told reporters that Bello resigned before he was to be fired.
Schneer said Bello likely did not know any of the people he shot, but that police are investigating the matter.
The body of a female doctor was found close to the gunman's body, O'Neill said. The woman's name was not immediately released.
Sridhar Chilimuri, Physician-in-Chief at the hospital, said the victim was shot at random.
Six people were wounded on the 16th floor, and five -- who are hospital staff members -- are in serious condition from gunshot wounds. They are all in the intensive care unit, Chilimuri said.
Another person, who was already a patient, was injured and is in stable condition.
The hospital's fire alarm system went off during the siege, apparently because the shooter tried to set himself on fire, O'Neill said.
So far authorities have not offered a motive. The FBI said the shooting did not appear to be an act of terrorism. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an act of work-related violence.
Chilimuri said hospital officials were unhappy with Bello's performance and he left two years ago under "unfortunate circumstances."

Video images from the scene showed hospital employees and others coming out of the hospital's main entrance, their hands in the air, and crossing the street toward awaiting police officers.

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