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Doctor Killed in Shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Identified: NYPD

What to Know

  • A gunman shot six staff members inside Bronx Lebanon Hospital, one of them fatally, before taking his own life.
  • The gunman has been identified as Dr. Henry Michael Bello, a former family doctor at the hospital who resigned in 2015.
  • The victims include a female doctor who was killed, five people in critical condition, and one person shot in the leg.

Police have identified the doctor who was killed Friday in a workplace shooting at a hospital that left five other staff members and a patient injured. 

Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, was killed when she was shot on the 17th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the NYPD said. Her body was later found by police. 

Tam normally works in the clinic but was asked to cover a shift on Friday for one of the physicians who was out, hospital officials said. She had worked at Bronx Lebanon for about a year. 

Bello was looking to kill the doctor he blamed for forcing him to resign amid sexual harassment allegations two years earlier, but Tam was there instead.

Five other staff members were shot by the gunman, identified as 45-year-old Henry Michael Bello, a former employee at the hospital. Their injuries were described as chest and abdomen wounds. One physician remained in critical condition Saturday.

The five injured staff members were said to be doctors, residents and medical students. A patient who was also shot was in stable condition. 

The worst of them, a doctor, underwent brain surgery for a gunshot wound to the head.

“There is one doctor dead, several doctors who are fighting for their lives right now,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference Friday.

NYPD Commissioner O’Neill said police got a 911 call shortly before 3 p.m. that several people were shot with an assault rifle on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital.

Responders found the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 17th floor, officials said. His AR-15 assault rifle and the body of Sin-Yee were found nearby. 

According to senior law enforcement officials, Bello had his old hospital credentials and wore a white medical coat to blend in and sneak past hospital security.

After his two-story shooting rampage, sources say he tried to set himself on fire before taking his own life.

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