New York police officials said at least one person died and six others were injured after a gunman opened fire inside Bronx Lebanon hospital. Police authorities confirmed the shooter was one of the former employees of the hospital who entered the hospital premises carrying a hidden rifle under his lab coat. The Law enforcement identified the suspect as Henry Bello, a family medicine physician. So far, it remains unclear why Bello was no longer working at the hospital or what was the motive of the shooting.
The police officials entered the building after the shooting was reported at 2:50 pm local time. Police van and emergency vehicles surrounded the area as police tried to evacuate the patients and doctors inside the building. The police officers went from floor to floor, inside the hospital to look for the suspect. Later, the officials confirmed that the suspect, believed to be Bello, had shot himself and was found dead inside the building.
The authorities is currently carrying out its investigation. No terrorism links have yet been discovered at the moment. In a tweet, the FBI said that they found “no nexus to terrorism” so far.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 30, 2017
The New York Police Department on Twitter asked the people to areas nearby the hospital which is located . The Law Enforcement officials confirmed that the suspect started shooting in the 16th and 17th floor of the building before killing himself. Speaking to AP, an eye-witness Renaldo Del Villar, 55, a patient at the hospital getting treatment for lower back injury, said, “I thought I was going to die… When there’s a shooter and you don’t know where the shooter is, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The 120-year old hospital has nearly 972 beds and is considered to be one of the busiest emergency rooms in New York City. The hospital, at Bronx at 1650 Grand Concourse, is situated about a mile and half north of the famous Yankee stadium.