Former Doctor Henry Bello, Snuck Rifle Into Bronx Hospital And Opened Fire
Former Doctor Henry Bello Identified As Active Shooter
Bronx, NYC – A former doctor opened fire at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Friday afternoon, June 30, according to The New York Times.
An alert went out to staff about 3 PM Friday, ordering them to shelter in place. Doctors, nurses, and other hospital employees barricaded themselves wherever they could.
Police identified the gunman as Henry Bello,who opened fire with what the media is describing as an “M-16” that he had concealed underneath a white lab coat.
A female doctor was killed during the rampage, and at least six other people were injured. All of those shot were found on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital, but the shootings occurred over five floors. Five victims were seriously wounded, and a sixth victim was shot in the leg.
One doctor who had been shot was reported to have been using an ’emergency fire hose’ as a tourniquet. Three of the victims are reported to be in critical condition, according to ABC News. There was also an explosion on another floor.
Witnesses reported that Bello searched for at least one doctor before opening fire. Another witness, Dione Morales, told CBSLocalNewYork that “[Bello] was let go because I guess they figured he was unstable.” She said that he “said that he was going to do this” two years ago when he resigned from the hospital.
A patient named Toby told Valerie Castro with CBSLocalNewYork:
“Everybody said ‘Code red, shut the door, don’t come out of your room.’ Well we got scared, we didn’t know what was going on. They said somebody in the hospital had a rifle. I just heard people screaming and I got scared and they said close your bedroom door and don’t come out of your room. So I closed the door and didn’t come out of my room. My arm is swollen but I pushed the chair to the door so nobody could come in.”
Bello was found dead at the hospital from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police closed in.
He is listed as a family medicine doctor on the hospital’s web site, but records do not show that he was licensed to practice medicine in New York. Bello was listed in ‘the National Provider Identifer database in 2014 as a “Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program.’ He resigned from the hospital in 2015 after ‘allegations of sexual harassment.’
He also has a previous criminal history, that included an arrest for a sexual attack on a stranger, according to The New York Post.
Bello, age 45, was arrested August 28, 2004, with sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment. In that incident, he was accused by a 23-year-old woman of grabbing her crotch, holding her arms, lifting her up, and carrying her off, while telling her that she was coming with him. Whether Bello was convicted in that incident was not clear.
His record shows another arrest, on October 09, 2009, but that criminal record has been sealed.
A heavy police presence remains at the hospital, as the investigation continues, including ATF agents.
Mayor de Blasio called the incident a ‘horrific incident of workplace violence.’