A former employee opened fire at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Friday, killing one, injuring several others and then committing suicide.
Dr. Henry Bello reportedly held a grudge against the hospital and a specific doctor who had reported him for sexual harassment, leading to his resignation in 2015. Bello reportedly went to the 16th floor of the hospital, where he believed that doctor would be, wearing a doctor’s lab coat and hiding an AR-15 beneath it.
The doctor he was looking for wasn’t there, but he opened fired anyway, hitting at least 6 people. He went to the 17th floor and fatally shot another doctor, though she was not the woman he had initially been seeking.
Reports indicate that Bello then attempted to light himself on fire before shooting himself in the head.
Five out of six of the shooting victims were hospital staff, with the sixth being a patient; all are in stable condition.
Police called the hospital staff heroic and fast-acting, with reports stating that the victims were attended to immediately, patients were evacuated as quickly as possible and that some hospital staff stepped in to protect patients who could not be moved away from the danger as quickly, risking their own lives to do so.
Bello had a history of arrests, one for sex abuse in 2004. He had also pled guilty to unlawful imprisonment and served community service for that crime in addition to being charged with unlawful surveillance for allegedly peeking under a victim’s clothes in 2009. he was also charged in 2003 with fare beating and burglary.
He was only employed by the Bronx hospital for a year before offering his resignation instead of being fired for the sexual harassment allegations. The hospital stated that they were not aware of his criminal record at the time.