[Updates and live video below.] News reports indicate that authorities are responding to an active shooter situation inside a New York City hospital where at least two people have been shot, NBC reports.
The NYPD’s most armed units and FDNY are responding to the shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital at 173rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Mt. Eden section.
The hospital is under lockdown.
The shooting took place at about 3 p.m.
This is a developing story.
Update: The suspect is believed to be a former employee of the hospital. He is 6 feet tall and is wearing a white lab coat, carrying a M-16 Riffle.
NYPD special ops officers are advising numerous shot victims on the 17th floor.
The entire hospital is locked down and there are reports of casualties. The incident occurred on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital.
Police are going floor by floor searching for the gunman.
Update, 4:10: The gunmen, Dr. Henry Bello, a former doctor at the hospital, pictured below, has been confirmed dead
4-6 people have been wounded in the shooting.
Dr. Bellow formerly worked in Family Medicine at the hospital.
The 17-story hospital is a 55-year-old institution affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Update, 4:26: One of the victims has passed away, according to sources.
The gunman, it is reported, shot himself and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The conditions of the other victims are unknown.
Update, 5:46 p.m.: The NY Post reports that Dr. Bellow had a criminal past that includes getting busted for an attack on a stranger. The 45-year-old was arrested on Aug. 28, 2004, in Manhattan following an incident in which a 23-year-old woman said an assailant grabbed her, lifted her up and carried her off
Bello was also busted in Manhattan on Oct. 9, 2009, but all records in that case are sealed, sources said.
Bello wore a white medical coat while using a semiautomatic rifle to kill at least one person and wound several others inside Bronx-Lebanon Hospital.
The Bronx-Lebanon Web site lists Bello as a medical doctor there, and federal Health and Human Services Web site says he was entered into the National Provider Identifer database in 2014 as a “Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program.” But, the Post reports, he wasn’t licensed to practice medicine in New York, according to databases maintained by the state Health and Education Departments.