NEW YORK -- Multiple people were shot by a man wearing a white lab coat inside a New York hospital on Friday, officials told WPIX.
The shooter was dead inside the hospital from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
Police sources identified the suspected shooter as Henry Bello. A doctor by that name appears on the hospital’s list of employed family medicine physicians as of Friday afternoon.
Bello has three previous arrests on his record, according to PIX11 sources.
Gunfire broke out at 2:50 p.m. EDT inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, according to police.
Multiple people were shot, though the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, according to police..
Aerial footage of the scene showed the hospital surrounded by police cars and fire trucks.
Krystal Rivera, a 23-year-old patient at the hospital, said she was with her hospital roommate, a visitor and a nurse from the floor when they heard gunshots.
"I barricaded the door with an IV machine, two chairs and my whole bed," Rivera said.
The visitor looked out and saw a man wearing a green top and a white lab coat and saw that he had a rifle, she said.
In an Instagram video, patient Francisco Bodon said he was stranded in a hot hospital room.
"Here in the room three nurses are hiding in the bathroom. We haven't been able to leave. ... We have a little water at least. I'm hiding here with an injured hand and I had leg surgery. The nurses are hiding and they're telling me to keep my voice down. When will this end?" he said.
"Why do people do these stupid things? People don't think. There is no air conditioning. It's hot. I hope they got him."
Hospitals have been the site of active shooting situations in recent years.
In January 2015, a patient's family member shot and killed cardiac surgeon Michael Davidson before the shooter killed himself at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
And in Florida in July 2016, a man entered a patient's room and opened fire, killing an elderly female patient and a female hospital worker, police said. A suspect was taken into custody.AlertMe