Detectives are trying to piece together what drove Dr. Henry Bello to walk into Bronx Lebanon Hospital on Friday and start shooting at his colleagues.
Apparently, Dr. Bello used to work at the hospital two years ago until he was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations. He'd threatened his colleagues, saying he would kill them.
“We fired him because he was kind of crazy,” Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. “He promised to come back and kill us then.”
Law enforcement on Friday responded to an active shooter situation at a New York City hospital where at least two people were shot, sources told NBC News 4 New York.
J. Peter Donald, the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) assistant commissioner for communication and public information, tweeted that the shooter was deceased after the incident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on Grand Concourse.
NYPD is on scene at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where there are reports of several people shot. More information when available.— J. Peter Donald (@JPeterDonald) June 30, 2017
The Associated Press reported that at least one person died once the gunman opened fire around 2:50 p.m. local time, while others were wounded.
A law enforcement official told AP that the gunman apparently took his own life, with police declaring him dead inside the building around 4 p.m. local time.
The NYPD and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reportedly dealt with the incident as it unfolded at the hospital Friday afternoon.
A staff member at the hospital told News 4 it was under lockdown, while other sources said members of the NYPD’s most armed-units were heading to the scene.
Twitter users on Friday voiced alarm over the situation as News 4’s copter above the scene showed NYPD vehicles gridlocking the streets around the building.
Another day. Another mass shooting in America.— Sohail Khanzada (@SoheilKhanzada) June 30, 2017
An ACTIVE shooter in Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Several believed to be shot. Stay away.
Multiple people shot at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Public should stay away from the area. NYC is on high alert. See something say something.— Alphonsus Olieh Jr. (@AlphonsusOlieh) June 30, 2017
There's been a shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.. what is this world coming to smh— Josephine Arias (@YosieDolllx3) June 30, 2017
CBS New York reporter Reena Roy tweeted that doctors and nurses had barricaded themselves inside the hospital.
Roy added that police had confirmed the suspect is armed with a rifle and is a former employee of the hospital seen wearing a white lab coat.
The NYPD’s official Twitter account on Friday then warned people against going near the hospital until the situation was resolved.
Due to reports of a shooting incident at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, avoid the area of 1650 Grand Concourse. More information to follow.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 30, 2017
The White House said that President Trump is also aware of the situation there, according to The Hill.
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital describes itself as the biggest voluntary, non-for-profit healthcare system in the central and south Bronx, according to CBS New York.
The 120-year-old hospital reportedly claims nearly 1,000 beds spread across multiple units, and its emergency room is among the busiest in New York City.