A man pulled a rifle from under his white lab coat and opened fire inside a New York City hospital Friday, killing at least one person and wounding others before apparently taking his own life, police said.
The gunfire broke out at 2:50 p.m. inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, bringing police cars and fire trucks rushing to the scene and sending officers onto the roof with their guns drawn as people inside the building were told to hide.
A law enforcement official said the gunman who opened fire at a New York City hospital was a doctor who formerly worked there.
The official said Dr. Henry Bello walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital at about 2:50 p.m. Friday with a rifle concealed in his lab coat and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring six others. He then apparently killed himself.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Bello was listed on the hospital’s website as a family medicine physician. It’s not clear when he left the hospital.
Officers went floor by floor looking for the gunman and reported just before 4 p.m. that the shooter was dead inside the building.
Emergency crews had been kept from going inside the hospital while the shooter was at large.
The 120-year-old hospital has nearly 1,000 beds and one of the busiest emergency rooms in New York City. It is about two kilometres north of Yankee Stadium.