Shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital: 9 things to know

A physician opened fire in a crowded Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City Friday afternoon, killing one and wounding six others at his former workplace before setting himself on fire and shooting himself in the head.

Here are nine things to know about the shooting, victims, gunman and the hospital's response.

1. The physician is identified as Henry Bello, MD, according to The New York Times. Dr. Bello resigned from the hospital in February 2015, after working there for six months, as he faced accusations of sexual harassment of a colleague. He resigned in lieu of termination. Dr. Bello had a criminal past, which hospital officials state they did know about when he was hired in August 2014. He was charged with fare beating and burglary in 2003, sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment in 2004, and unlawful surveillance in 2009. Dr. Bello was fired from his city job June 21, according to NBC 4 New York. His termination was the result of consistent failure to report for work as a case worker assiting AIDS and HIV patients. He told his supervisor he was experiencing personal problems.

2. Video surveilance shows Dr. Bello entered the hospital Friday through a rear entrance in a lab coat, hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, and carrying a cardboard box that concealed the AR-15 rifle. The attack took place around 2:50 p.m., when the hospital's rooms and corridors were filled with patients and visitors, witnesses told the Times.

3. Police report Dr. Bello went to the 16th floor of the facility, and asked for a specific physician. When told that physician was not present, Dr. Bello opened fire and wounded six. He then moved to the 17th floor, where he shot and killed Tracy Tam, DO, in the hall, according to ABC News. When Dr. Bello resigned in 2016, he accused one physician of encouraging colleagues to complain about him. That physician works on the hospital's 16th and 17th floors.

4. Dr. Tam, 32, practiced family medicine. She was not scheduled to work Friday, but was on site to cover a shift for a colleague. The hospital's physician in chief described her death to the Times as a "monumental loss." Of the six others who were wounded, two are in critical but stable condition and four are in stable condition as of Sunday. The victims are medical residents, a medical student and a patient. They are recovering from injuries to the abdomen, neck, thigh and hand, hospital officials told the Times.

5. Witnesses report the gunman then set himself on fire and ran down the hall with his torso aflame before shooting himself in the head.

6. It is likely the death toll would be higher were it for not the medical attention victims received immediately from clinicians at the scene. Medical staff responded to the victims immediately, even as Dr. Bello was still at large. Witnesses report staff tearing a fire hose from the hospital wall to use as a tourniquet on a shooting victim. Medical staff dragged victims onto elevators, and the hospital's physician in chief told the Times that victims were brought to operating rooms while Dr. Bello was still active. Hospital staff were able to move some 50 patients out of the hospital within 10 minutes, according to ABC News.

7. Hospital staff urged patients and families in the waiting room to quietly lie on the floor with the lights off, the Times reports. Police evacuated other floors in the hospital, asking patients who could walk to leave their rooms and gather in the hospital parking lot. Other bystanders hid under hospital beds, under desks and behind doors.

8. Dr. Bello was working with a limited permit, which expired July 1, 2016, to practice as an international medical graduate. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. He was 45.

9. Bronx-Lebanon is a 972-bed hospital.

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