Gunman opens fire on New York hospital, killing doctor
NYC - ReutersA gunman opened fire inside a New York City hospital on June 30 in a burst of violence that injured several people and left the suspect dead, police said, as local media reported at least three doctors were among the wounded.
Few details about the shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center were immediately available from official sources.
The assailant was armed with what appeared to be an M16 assault rifle, state Assemblyman Michael Blake told local television station NY1. Blake, whose district includes the hospital, was informed by state police.
The New York Times, citing information furnished by an unnamed city Fire Department official, reported that three physicians had been shot. Their conditions were unknown.
As least one of the wounded doctors was treated by people inside the hospital who fashioned a tourniquet from an emergency fire hose, according to the official, the Times said.
As many as five or six people may have been wounded, the Times said, citing a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. It took police some time to secure the area, preventing emergency medical workers from immediately entering, the Times said.
Two emergency responders carried a bleeding patient down nine flights of stairs to safety, applying pressure to the man's wound on the way down, ambulance worker Robert Maldonado, told a
local CBS News television affiliate.
The elevators in the building were out of service, so they were forced to use the stairwell, he said.
CBS News reported that the gunman, believed to be a former hospital employee, was armed with a rifle and had barricaded himself inside the building as police arrived. A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had resigned from the hospital in 2015 to avoid termination, the local NBC News
affiliate station reported, citing unidentified sources.
New York Police Department spokesman Peter Donald posted a message a short time later on Twitter, saying, "One shooter is deceased at the hospital." The NYPD's official Twitter feed then posted an update saying, "The shooter is deceased. Several others are injured regarding the shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital."
On Twitter, the New York Police Department told people to avoid the area around the hospital in New York City's Bronx borough at 1650 Grand Concourse.
Police searched the hospital room by room, urging occupants to turn off the lights and remain in place as they conducted the sweep, according to an account posted on Twitter by Felix Puno, who identified himself as patient in the radiology department on the fourth floor of the hospital.
"Building is in complete shut down, I was in the middle of getting an x-ray when security alerted us to the active shooter situation," Puno tweeted.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was briefed on the shooting and was on his way to the scene, the mayor's Twitter account said.
Bronx Lebanon hospital, about one mile (1.6 km) north of Yankee Stadium, describes itself as the largest voluntary, non-profit health care system serving the South and Central Bronx, as well as among the largest providers of outpatient services in New York City.