Doctor opens fire, killing at least 1 at Bronx Lebanon Hospital

A disgruntled medical worker dressed in black opened fire and shot at least four people in a Bronx hospital Friday afternoon, police said.

Shots rang out on the 16th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Morris Heights about 2:45 p.m.

As many as 20 people were hurt in the ensuing chaos as they tried to flee the unfolding horror, sources said.

“One shooter is deceased at the hospital,” a police spokesman posted to Twitter.

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Henry Bello is the suspect at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting.

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Police sources identified the shooter as Dr. Henry Bello, 35. He used an M-16 type rifle. He was listed as a family physician. He is believed to have killed himself after the shooting.

NBC reported that he was wearing a white lab coat.

“Active shooting in Bronx Lebanon Hospital… Man dressed all in black. Smoke from the 16th floor,” the NYPD Special Operations Division posted to Twitter.

Police swept the hospital searching for the shooter and found a trail of blood leading from the second to the eighth floor. The gunman is believed to be possibly barricaded on the 16th floor.

ABC7 reported that two of the victims were women and one was dead. The New York Times reported that three of the victims were doctors.

“I heard two doctors got shot 20 times, both of them,” said Jasmine Mercado, 24. “They said the person was going from the ninth floor to the eighth floor shooting.”

Shots rang out at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Shots rang out at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Friday afternoon, authorities said.

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The hospital was evacuated, while some people barricaded themselves inside.

“Building is in complete shut down, I was in the middle of getting an x-ray when security alerted us to the active shooter situation and locked us in,” patient Felix Puno, who was hunkered down in the fourth floor radiology department, told the Daily News. “As far as we know police are here doing a floor-by-floor sweep.”

At least 100 cop cars are on the scene.

EMS Counterterrorism responded as well to search for victims after the NYPD.

A secondary task force was set up by the Whitestone Bridge on the Queens side.

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