Ex-employee opens fire in Bronx :New York hospital

New York hospital

A doctor opened fire with an assault rifle Friday inside a New York City hospital where he used to work, killing a woman and wounding six people before turning the gun on himself, law enforcement officials said.

The shooting started a little before 3 p.m. ET at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. The 972-bed facility is one of the largest providers of outpatient services in New York.
Police said somebody called 911 to report a man with a gun on the 16th floor.
Police converged on the scene and officers found the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 17th floor, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news briefing.

Bronx-Lebanon is a private, not-for-profit hospital that has been operating for 120 years.

Shootings at hospitals are not common, but there have been several such instances in recent years.

In 2015, a man entered a Boston hospital and asked for a cardiologist by name, shooting him dead when he arrived. During the investigation, it emerged that the man’s mother had previously been a patient at the hospital.

In July 2016, another man opened fire in a patient’s room at a Florida medical centre, killing an elderly woman and a hospital worker. The suspect was later deemed to suffer from mental health issues, casting doubt over his competency to stand trial.

In July last year, a patient at a Berlin hospital shot a doctor before turning the gun on himself. The city had also seen a shooting outside another hospital earlier in the year, in which no-one was killed.

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