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Multiple People Shot At New York's Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Cops Say

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5:32 p.m. -- "We had a real tragedy here in the Bronx this afternoon," New York City Mayor Bill de Balsio said at a press conference Friday. De Blasio praised the first responders who "ran towards the danger" and the hospital staff who responded with "extraordinary bravery."

"Even in the midst of this horror, there were many, many acts of heroism," de Blasio said.

5:30 p.m. -- The deceased victim was also a doctor, reports CBS News' Len Tepper.

5:28 p.m. -- CBS News' Len Tepper reports the shooter was fired from his position at the hospital for harassing an employee. When he entered the hospital Friday he couldn't find that employee, and started shooting, according to Tepper.

The incident involves seven people, Tepper reported -- 6 victims and the shooter. The gunman along with one of the victims is dead.

5:15 p.m. -- FBI New York tweeted the shooting at New York's Bronx Lebanon Hospital has no apparent nexus to terrorism.

5:05 p.m. -- The 120-year-old hospital has nearly 1,000 beds and one of the busiest emergency rooms in New York City, reports the Associated Press. It is about a mile and a half north of Yankee Stadium. 

In 2011, two people were shot at Bronx Lebanon in what police said was a gang-related attack.

5:03 p.m. -- Garry Trimble told CBS New York's Andrea Grymes his fiancée works at the hospital and was ordered to stay inside when shots rang out around 3 p.m. He said she called him to tell him what was happening, and he rushed to the scene himself.

"I told her to just lay low, and stay quiet, and don't say nothing," Trimble said.

He said his fiancée was distraught.

"She was crying and she said, 'Somebody's going around shooting, and we locked up. We barricaded ourselves in the room with employees,'" he said.

4:56 p.m. -- Dr. Henry Bello was identified as a family medicine physician at the hospital on its website. Witness Gonzalo Carazo also told CBS New York Bello worked at the hospital in family medicine.

It was not immediately clear why he was no longer working at the hospital, according to the Associated Press. 

4:49 p.m. -- Robert Maldonado, an EMT, was at the hospital to transport a patient when the incident occurred, reports CBS New York. Maldonado told the station he and his partner saw a victim suffering from a gunshot wound on the 9th floor of the building. They applied pressure to the wound.

Because the elevators weren't working, Maldonado said he, his partner and police carried the victim down nine flights of stairs to the trauma room on the first floor.

4:46 p.m. -- CBS New York is reporting six confirmed victims.

4:41 p.m. -- CBS News' Len Tepper confirms one victim is dead.

4:32: Witness Gonzalo Carazo, who works at the the hospital, told CBS New York he smelled smoke and was told the hospital was on lockdown. He said a saw a doctor with a gunshot wound to the hand.

"I didn't hear any gunshots, all I hear was the doctor saying 'Help, help," Carazo said.  

Carazo said he barricaded himself in a room for about 15 minutes before law enforcement arrived to escort him and others down the stairs and out the building.

"It was hot, and I was nervous," Carazo said. "I saw blood on the stairs."

4:31 p.m. -- The Associated Press reports that police say the shooter pulled a gun from beneath his white lab coat, killing at least one person and wounding others before apparently taking his own life. 

4:18 p.m. -- The NYPD has identified the shooter as 
Dr. Henry Bello, a former employee at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, reports CBS New York's Reena Roy. Four to six people were shot, and others suffered minor injuries trying to leave the building, the station reports. 

4:12 p.m. -- A patient on the tenth floor of the hospital told CBS New York outside the building a "code red" alarm went off and he barricaded himself inside his room. He was later evacuated along with other patients. He said he did not hear gunshots.

4:07 p.m. -- CBS New York reports that 4 -6 people have gunshot wounds and other injuries.

4:01 p.m. -- J. Peter Donald, an NYPD spokesman, confirmed via Twitter the shooter is "deceased at the hospital."

3:55 p.m. -- CBS New York reporter Reena Roy tweeted that the NYPD has confirmed that the shooter is down and no longer a threat. 

3:53 p.m. -- CBS New York reporter Reena Roy tweeted that the shooter is believed to have been wearing a white lab coat.

3:47 p.m. -- Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump was aware of the incident. Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are responding to the scene, the bureau tweeted.

Original Story: Police in New York City are responding to a report of shots fired at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, CBS New York reports. 

The incident began just before 3 p.m. at 173rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx.

CBS News

CBS New York reports that police have confirmed two people shot on the 16th floor of the hospital.

CBS New York reporter Reena Roy tweeted that police are going floor to floor in the hospital looking for the shooter who is believed to have a rifle and has reportedly barricaded himself. Police believe the shooter is a former employee of the hospital, Roy reports.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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