Shots rang out on the 16th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Morris Heights about 2:45 p.m.
As many as 20 people were hurt in the ensuing chaos as they tried to flee the unfolding horror, sources said.
“One shooter is deceased at the hospital,” a police spokesman posted to Twitter.
EMTs sorround the body of Henry Bello inside the hospital after he shot himself
Police sources identified the shooter as Dr. Henry Bello, 45. He used an M-16 type rifle. He was listed as a family physician, who “resigned from the hospital in 2015 in lieu of termination.”
He is believed to have killed himself after the shooting. Bello was said to have come wearing a white lab coat.
However, the NYPD Special Operations Division posted to Twitter: “Active shooting in Bronx Lebanon Hospital… Man dressed all in black. Smoke from the 16th floor,” the NYPD Twitter feed stated.
Police and staff scramble for safety during the active shooter situation
Heavily armed security personnel respond to shots being fired at a Bronx Hospital on June 30
Police swept the hospital searching for the shooter and found a trail of blood leading from the second to the eighth floor. The gunman is believed to be possibly barricaded on the 16th floor.
It was reported that three of the victims were doctor and according to an ABC7 report two of the victims were women and one of whom was reported dead.
“I heard two doctors got shot 20 times, both of them,” said Jasmine Mercado, 24. “They said the person was going from the ninth floor to the eighth floor shooting.”
The hospital was evacuated, while some people barricaded themselves inside.
“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 and locked us in,” patient Felix Puno, who was hunkered down in the fourth floor radiology department “As far as we know police are here doing a floor-by-floor sweep.”
According to police reports Dr. Bello had three prior arrests, including one for sexual abuse.