CANADIAN CRIT­I­CALLY WOUNDED

St. Catharines med­i­cal res­i­dent one of six wounded in U.S. hos­pi­tal shoot­ing.

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - JULIEN GIGNAC Toronto Star

A Canadian shot at a New York hos­pi­tal was com­plet­ing his res­i­dency there due to a short­age of space in Canada, his fa­ther says.

Justin Tim­pe­rio, 29, a St. Catharines med­i­cal res­i­dent at the Bronx-Le­banon Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter, was one of six peo­ple wounded dur­ing a brazen shoot­ing at the hos­pi­tal Fri­day.

“The most dam­ag­ing was straight to the liver,” said Dr. Lu­ciano Tim­pe­rio, a den­tal sur­geon in St. Catharines. “He had sev­eral in his in­testines, one in his stom­ach, and one grazed his lungs, as well. He was ba­si­cally sprayed with bul­lets.”

The bar­rage of gun­fire claimed the life of one doc­tor be­fore the shooter killed him­self.

His son is be­ing treated at Man­hat­tan’s Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal in the sur­gi­cal in­ten­sive care unit and is in sta­ble con­di­tion, Tim­pe­rio said.

Tim­pe­rio said his son’s con­di­tion has sta­bi­lized enough that he can re­ceive an op­er­a­tion on Mon­day. He is heav­ily se­dated and can’t speak be­cause of a tube in his throat to aid his breath­ing.

Tim­pe­rio doesn’t blame the at­tacker, but the lack of op­por­tu­nity in Canada for young, as­pir­ing doc­tors.

“If we could some­how fix the prob­lem of get­ting our own, home­grown kids to go to med­i­cal school in On­tario, this wouldn’t have hap­pened,” he said.

His son “couldn’t get into an On­tario school be­cause of so few spots. He grad­u­ated with a 90 per cent av­er­age.”

Justin, a grad­u­ate of Brock Univer­sity, has been a res­i­dent at the Bronx-area hos­pi­tal for a full year and was a med­i­cal stu­dent there for two, said Tim­pe­rio.

“I imag­ine he will re­turn to his res­i­dency pro­gram once he’s fit,” he said, adding that peo­ple love him at the hos­pi­tal.

“He’s a great fam­ily res­i­dent,” he said. “He’s so help­ful and young. We need him here (in Canada).”

Af­ter the spate of grisly vi­o­lence, the as­sailant, iden­ti­fied as Dr. Henry Bello by New York po­lice, turned his ri­fle on him­self. Bello, a fam­ily doc­tor, was a for­mer em­ployee at the hos­pi­tal.

A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial told The As­so­ci­ated Press that Bello ar­rived at Bronx Le­banon Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day with a ri­fle hid­den un­der his lab coat and asked for a spe­cific doc­tor whom he blamed for forc­ing him to re­sign. The physi­cian wasn’t there at the time.

Au­thor­i­ties said Bello went to the 16th and 17th floors and started shoot­ing any­way, killing Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam.

Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said that Tam, 32, nor­mally worked in one of the hos­pi­tal’s satel­lite clin­ics and was cov­er­ing a shift in the main hos­pi­tal as a favour to some­one else.

Be­fore the shoot­ing, Bello sent an email to the New York Daily News, blam­ing col­leagues he said forced him to re­sign two years ear­lier.

“This hos­pi­tal ter­mi­nated my road to a li­cen­sure to prac­tise medicine,” the email said. “First, I was told it was be­cause I al­ways kept to my­self. Then it was be­cause of an al­ter­ca­tion with a nurse.”

His for­mer co-work­ers de­scribed a man who was ag­gres­sive, loud and threat­en­ing. Bello had warned his for­mer col­leagues when he was forced out in 2015 that he would re­turn some day to kill them.

Justin Tim­pe­rio

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