A gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle inside a hospital in the Bronx Borough of New York, killing one doctor and injuring six other people has been identified as a Nigerian.
Dr. Henry Michael Bello, a 45-year-old Nigeria-born family medicine doctor was formerly employed at the hospital, according to sources.
He shot dead a woman, on the 17th floor and injured at least six others on the 16th floor, before killing himself the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neil, said.
Reports said Bello, who was hired at the hospital in August 2014 as a house physician, had past arrests for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination.
In September 2004, he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told officers he had grabbed her crotch area outside a building on Bleecker Street in Manhattan and tried to penetrate her through her underwear, reports said.
Bello used an AR-15 in the shooting. It wasn’t immediately known if he obtained the rifle legally.
He went to medical school on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.