New York Hospital: Shooter Identified as a Nigerian Doctor
A doctor identified as Henry Bello reportedly opened fire with an assault rifle at the New York City hospital, killing a woman and injuring six people before taking his own life, law enforcement officials confirmed.
Dr. Bello had reportedly hid the AR-15 under his lab coat and has tried to set himself ablaze before shooting himself in the head.
Sources said the shooter was a disgruntled (Former employee) who worked at the hospital from August 2014 to February, 2015. Bello had reportedly resigned before he was to be disengaged.
Police sources said the alleged killer, who resigned from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in 2015 over allegations he sexually harassed a co-worker, went to the 16th floor of the hospital looking for the doctor against whom he had the grudge.
The corpse of a female doctor was discovered near the body of the gunman although the name of the woman was not immediately released.
The gunman as reported did not know any of those he shot. He just shot at random, the Physician-in-Chief at the hospital said.
Six people wounded on the 16th floor are in critical conditions from the gunshot wounds and have been kept in the intensive care unit.
The FBI said the shooting didn’t appear to be an act of terrorism.
Reports say the hospital officials were unhappy with Bello’s performance and he left two years ago under “unfortunate circumstances.”
From the police sources, Bellow had four prior arrest before the incident. The most serious of the offences was sex abuse which took place in Greenwich Village in August 2004 where he reportedly lifted a 23-year-old woman up by her crotch outised Bleecker Street building.
Bello pleaded guilty to the charges of unlawful surveillance for peeking under a victim’s clothing in October 2009 and in 2003, he was charged with fare beating and burglary.
After pleading guilty to unlawful imprisonment which is considered a misdemeanour, he was sentenced to community service.
A spokesman of the Bronx-Lebanon hospital said Bello was employed in August 2014 without the hospital’s knowledge of his criminal record at the time.
Bello, a Nigerian national went to medical school in the Caribbean. He was not given a licence in the United States but was working under a limited state-issued permit.