Dr Henry Michael Bello, the gunman who killed about six people at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and committed suicide has been identified as a Nigerian. He was said to have been identified by the Police as 45-year-old man who was a former employee at the hospital with an extensive arrest record.
Here are a few fact about the doctor as reported by CNBC.
Authorities believe he wore a doctor’s coat and used his old badge to sneak past security at the hospital.
Bello was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 17th floor after a two-story shooting rampage that left one doctor a woman who has yet to be identified — dead and others fighting for their lives.
A senior law enforcement official said Bello asked for a specific doctor on the 16th floor. When he was told that doctor wasn’t there, he became angry and started shooting at everyone.
Officials said Bello tried to set himself on fire before committing suicide. A photo provided by authorities shows him dead on the floor of the hospital, wearing a bloodied doctor’s coat.
Bello used an AR-15 in the shooting. It wasn’t immediately known if he obtained the rifle legally.
Sources tell NBC 4 New York a preliminary investigation reveals Bello was hired at the hospital in Aug. 2014 as a house physician, but resigned from the hospital in Feb. 2015 in lieu of termination.
He went to medical school on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.
Bello has past arrests for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination, law enforcement sources said.
A New York State licensing website does not reveal any disciplinary history.
Senior law enforcement officials describe Bello as a transient recently, with at least five different addresses since he left the hospital.
Police are investigating the shooting as a case of workplace violence; authorities say there is no indication of a nexus to terror.