Dis­graced doc­tor threat­ened ex-col­leagues be­fore ram­page

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A doc­tor an­gry that his ca­reer was de­railed at a New York City hos­pi­tal toted an as­sault ri­fle past se­cu­rity in search of a col­league he was go­ing to hold re­spon­si­ble. When that per­son wasn’t there, he opened fire any­way, killing a doc­tor who was only there cov­er­ing a shift as a fa­vor, au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day. The new de­tails of Dr Henry Bello’s ram­page emerged along with an email rant against col­leagues he blamed for forc­ing him to re­sign from Bronx Le­banon Hos­pi­tal amid sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions two years ear­lier.

The email was sent to the New York Daily News just two hours be­fore the shoot­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon that left six other peo­ple wounded and Bello dead from a self-in­flicted shot. “This hos­pi­tal ter­mi­nated my road to a li­cen­sure to prac­tice 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.” He also blamed a doc­tor for block­ing his chances at prac­tic­ing medicine. Bello had warned his for­mer col­leagues when he was forced out in 2015 that he would re­turn some­day to kill them.

A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said that Bello ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal with the as­sault ri­fle hid­den un­der his lab coat and asked for a spe­cific doc­tor whom he blamed for his hav­ing to re­sign, but the physi­cian wasn’t there at the time. The of­fi­cial spoke on anonymity be­cause the per­son was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It was not clear if Bello knew Dr Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, who was killed in the shoot­ing on the 16th and 17th floors of the hos­pi­tal and was, like him, a fam­ily medicine doc­tor.

Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said that Tam nor­mally worked in one of the hos­pi­tal’s satel­lite clin­ics and was cov­er­ing a shift in the main hos­pi­tal as a fa­vor to some­one else. “It makes you think that any­thing can hap­pen to any­body,” said Tam’s neigh­bor, Alena Khaim, 23, who saw Tam’s sis­ter outside the home Fri­day night over­come with grief, shak­ing and un­able to walk. “She was such a sweet girl. You would never think some­thing like that would hap­pen but it hap­pened.”

Judy Beck­les-Ross, 46, said she’s not sur­prised Tam vol­un­teered to cover the shift. “She never said no,” said Beck­les-Ross, a friend from med­i­cal school who knew her for 11 years. “She had a good heart. Any­body that needed help, she would help them.” The six oth­ers who were in­jured - a pa­tient, two med­i­cal stu­dents and three physi­cians - largely suf­fered gun­shot wounds to the head, chest and ab­domen. One physi­cian re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and the rest were sta­ble, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.—AP

NEW YORK: A team of NYPD and FDNY of­fi­cers gather outside of Bronx-Le­banon Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter in the Bronx bor­ough of New York city. — AFP

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