Doctor killed, 6 hurt by gunman in Bronx Hospital shooting

Five of the six injured are hurt seriously, according to The New York Times.

Ian Marsh | Jul 03, 2017

   

A doctor who had worked at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City caused mayhem Friday when he used an assault rifle to injure six people and kill a female doctor at the hospital. Five of the six injured are hurt seriously, according to The New York Times.

Following the rampage, the attacker, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle, shot himself in the head after setting himself on fire. The shooter has been identified as Henry Bello.

"The situation unfolded in the middle of a place that people associate with care and comfort," said New York City Mayor Bill Blasio during a new conference.

The police have ruled out terrorism, saying that Bello likely was a disgruntled employee who was going to be fired by the hospital after being accused of sexual harassment, but resigned instead.

Bello was arrested in 2004 after a young woman told police he had grabbed her crotch and tried to penetrate her, the Times report said. The woman related that Bello dragged her, saying, "You're coming with me." Bello pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment and avoided a felony sex abuse charge.

The rampage occurred on the 16th and 17th floors of the Bronx hospital complex.

"He was running down the hall throwing himself on the floor," said patient care technician Norma Ruiz. "We throw ourselves on the floor and when everybody was quiet, my co-worker and me, we lift our heads and the doctors' station was on fire."

Bello had a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate, which expired on July 1, 2016, according to the New York State Education Department.

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