More Details Emerge on Suspect in Bronx Hospital Shooting
The very first photos of the suspect in the Bronx hospital shooting that left several injured and at least one person dead have been released.
Dr. Henry Michael Bello, 35, was identified by officials as the suspect. Reports say that he died on the scene, likely of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center website, Bello was listed as a family medicine doctor. According to the New York Post, there are no records of a Henry Bello with a medical license in New York state.
Bello, according to The Associated Press, no longer worked at the hospital before the shooting. It wasn’t clear why.
The New York Times, meanwhile, reported that of the shooting victims, three doctors were hurt. CNN reported that one person—not the shooter—was killed.
Early reports say that between five and six people were wounded—but their conditions were not immediately known.
And a police source told People magazine that the shooting was an act of “workplace violence” and doesn’t appear to be terror-related. Reports say that Bello, who wearing a white lab coat and had ID on him, shot himself on the 16th floor. He had an AR-15-style rifle.
“It looks like an employee of the hospital, that’s what we’re hearing, unconfirmed, right now,” an unnamed official was quoted by The Times as saying.
AP reported that police say the suspect pulled a gun from his lab coat before opening fire.
Sources told the Post that a blast was heard on one of the floors as he was shooting.
“We are just keeping safe. We are O.K.,” a woman who worked at the pediatric unit said over the phone. “All of us have to feel tense because of the situation.”
“We have no idea about what is going on,” added another person.