The BRONX (WPIX) — A former doctor wearing a white lab coat who opened fire inside a Bronx hospital Friday killed at least one person and injured several others before apparently killing himself, the NYPD police commissioner said.
The New York State Office of Profession’s online database shows an entry for a Dr. Henry Bello who worked at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and lists his permit status as “Expired.”
Gunfire broke out at about 2:55 p.m. inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital at 1650 Grand Concourse, according to the NYPD.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said a former employee of the hospital opened fire on the 16th floor. The shooter apparently tried to set himself on fire, which activated the hospital’s alarm system and complicated the emergency response, officials said.
Officers found the gunman on the 17th floor dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, O’Neill said. A slain woman and a rifle were found nearby, he said.
Six additional victims were found on the 16th floor, where the chaos began, O’Neill said. Five of those victims were seriously injured and one was shot in the leg.
“We had a real tragedy here in the Bronx this afternoon. … One doctor is dead and several doctors are fighting for their lives right now,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Employees barricaded themselves inside offices and bathrooms during the chaos.
Video taken by a witness shows throngs of people being evacuated from the facility.
Aerial footage of the scene showed the hospital surrounded by police cars and fire trucks. The FBI in New York said the shooting has “no nexus” to terrorism. Agents with ATF New York responded to assist NYPD at the scene, the federal agency said in a tweet.
NYPD told people to avoid the area around the hospital.
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center describes itself as the largest voluntary, nonprofit health care system in the south and central Bronx.
The 120-year-old hospital claims nearly 1,000 beds spread across multiple units. Its emergency room is among the busiest in New York City.
The hospital is about a mile and a half north of Yankee Stadium.
PIX11 News' Dan Mannarino, Mary Murphy and the Associated Press contributed to this report.