- NYPD says ‘one shooter deceased’ at Bronx Lebanon hospital
- Officials say one person killed, gunman hid rifle in lab coat
A man pulled a rifle from under his white lab coat and opened fire inside a Bronx hospital on Friday, police said, killing at least one person and wounding others before apparently killing himself.
Gunfire broke out at around 2.50pm on Friday inside the Bronx Lebanon hospital.
An NYPD spokesman said “there are reports of several people shot” before adding on
Twitter that “one shooter is deceased at the hospital”. The NYPD told people to “avoid the area of 1650 Grand Concourse”.
A subsequent NYPD tweet said : “The shooter is deceased. Several others are injured.”
A law enforcement official speaking anonymously told the Associated Press the gunman had been wearing a lab coat, with a rifle concealed inside. Police were still trying to identify how many people had been shot, the official said, and that emergency crews had been kept from going inside the hospital while the shooter was at large.
A law enforcement official speaking anonymously subsequently told the AP the gunman killed at least one person before apparently killing himself.
Television images showed the hospital surrounded by police cars and fire trucks. Police could be seen on the roof of the building with their guns drawn.
The local ABC affiliate television station reported that two people had been shot, but added there was no word on their condition. The station said both victims were believed to be men, and that police officers had gone from floor to floor inside the hospital looking for the suspect.
Bronx Lebanon hospital center describes itself as the largest voluntary, not-for-profit healthcare system in the south and central Bronx. The 120-year-old hospital has nearly 1,000 beds spread across multiple units. Its emergency room is among the busiest in New York City.
The hospital is about a mile and a half north of Yankee Stadium.