At least three doctors were shot at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Mount Hope neighborhood in the Bronx, New York City, according to reports.
The New York Times, citing an FDNY official, reported that the condition of the three doctors isn’t known. The New York Daily News reported that one person was dead.
Local reports say the shooter is Henry Michael Bello, a former employee. Those reports say he’s dead.
Police have not yet secured the area.
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Officers described the man as a thin, tall man wearing a blue shirt and a white lab coat.
Early reports say between five or six people were injured. “The perp is not in custody right now,” the official told the New York Times. “It looks like an employee of the hospital, that’s what we’re hearing, unconfirmed, right now,” the official said.
The official added: “It looks like it’s an active shooter; we do not have the shooter in custody.”
Shots were fired at around 2:45 p.m. local time.
Sources said the shooter was using an M-16- or AR-15-style rifle.
“Active shooting in Bronx Leb. Two confirmed shot. Man dressed all in black. Smoke from the 16th floor,” the NYPD Special Operations Division posted to Twitter. “Blood trail leading from second to eighth floor.”
The New York Post obtained 35-year-old Bello’s photo.
“Everybody said ‘Code red, shut your doors.’ We didn’t know what was going on, we were scared. I heard people screaming. … I pushed the chair to the door so nobody could come in,” a hospital patient, named Toby told CBS. “I got scared. I started crying, I didn’t know what to do.”
“People were scared, they were nervous,” he added. “I feel very grateful, I’m scared to go back inside.”
A “red alert” was sounded at the hospital.