New York Bronx-Lebanon hospital shooter identified as Nigerian

New York Hospital shooting
New York Hospital shooting

Henry Michael Bello, the gunman who shot six people at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre in New York on Friday, has been identified as a Nigerian.

Some Nigerians in New York, who knew Mr. Bello, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the NYPD had also identified the man to be a Nigerian-born doctor.

Mr. Bello, 45, 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.

Five of his victims were seriously injured and “fighting for their lives”.

Mr. Bello went into his former workplace wearing a white lab coat with an AR-15 machine gun hidden underneath with the intention of targeting the same individual.

NYPD officials said Mr. Bello asked for a specific doctor on the 16th floor but when he was told the doctor was not there, he became angry and started shooting at everyone.

Officials said Mr. Bello tried to set himself on fire before committing suicide.

Reports said Mr. 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.

Court records indicated that in September 2004, Mr. Bello pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a misdemeanour, and was sentenced to community service, while the felony sexual abuse charge was dismissed, according to reports.

He was going to be fired by the hospital, after reports of sexual harassments, but instead chose to resign in February 2015 in lieu of termination, reports further said.

Reports from the New York State Education Department said Mr. Bello had received a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate in order to gain experience so he could be licensed.

The permit was issued on July 1, 2014, and expired on July 1, 2016, while he also had a pharmacy technician license that had been issued in California in 2006.

He went to medical school on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.

A photo provided by authorities showed him dead on the floor of the hospital, wearing a bloodied doctor’s coat.

Law enforcement officials described Mr. Bello as transient recently, with at least five different addresses since he left the hospital.

(NAN)


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  • Enemona

    This country can do with one less bad news. Why???

    • MilitaryPolice01

      It is sad my brother. No persons, culture or group are exempt from cases like this of mental illness. Only two – three weeks ago an American laid siege shooting Republican Congressional Members. Yes Bello had criminal convictions, but his mental health issues and not were he is from is what tipped him over

      • aisha ani

        One of my colleagues children was arrested yesterday at her place of work for the same thing, by the way she is Ibo. I cannot begin to tell you how embarrassing and painful it was for this women, it is not a good thing.

        • MilitaryPolice01

          No doubt it must have been, hope his didnt end up fatally

  • Acting Citizen of Nigeria

    So sad that many hours after this news was posted, I’m the first to comment. No saintly sophisticated tribal warrior rushing to make a million comments on this. Because the criminal – terrorist actually – doesn’t bear Kanu as his name. His name is Bello!

    Perhaps he’s a very good ambassador of Nigeria to US at a time Trump has gotten the supreme court nod to implement his travel ban.

    Wither those who finished their data commenting on a local criminal Evans?

    • amazing2012

      His name is HENRY MICHEAL Bello. Bello is his Grand father’s name.

  • Höly Wähala

    Bello is his name ba? Definitely a yoro Muslim that’s why you don’t read them yoro-aboki insults on the Igbo here because as usual, the Islamists have exported terrorism to the Americas making it difficult for all Nigerians to travel to the USA in particular. From the Anglo-Arab nomenclature of, Henry Michael Bello, it sounds to me like a contaminated Yoropig with mental illness…

    • amazing2012

      His name is HENRY MICHEAL (Christian name), Bello is not islamic name and is his grand father’s name.

      • Höly Wähala

        He’s a yoropig and that’s all matters, always giving Nigeria bad name abroad but claim others are worse at it… The Yoros!

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Book Haram in New York!

  • Dragon

    THis is why the Biafrans and other countries in Nigeria like the Niger Delta have resolved to leave come what may. To have a country where no Islamist and terrorists with state protection have a space to operate. Short man Osinbajo (Self appointed Professor) should set a referendum date without delay.

    • Lukman Asifat

      Your submission here on this platform shows that someone is about to commit suicide about Yoruba nation.

  • George

    God will punish the entire Yoronorthing for bringing this animal among decent follows.

    I hate Yorubas.

    • amazing2012

      ..you are cursed to hate people that god made without their choice.

    • aisha ani

      This is not funny at all, mental health issues is not limited to one race or tribe. You never want to be there when someone snaps. I know a lot of decent Igbo people and they do not make these kind of comments.

    • Lukman Asifat

      Someone with this kind of thought about Yoruba need to undergo mental checking and I believe he is going to be the first person to be caught by FRSC.

  • Dan

    After Niger Delta and Biafra break away from Nigeria, the stigma of muslim terrorism and violent crimes will now rest only on Nigerians and never again on the enterprising Biafran peoples.

    • amazing2012

      Please leave now. What is the difference between this terrorists and youer people?

  • Peace Forall

    Primitive force of oppression and the asinine peddlars of lies, ignorance and falsehood to destroy someone else’s yearning for freedom from oppression and aspiration for liberty. Hardened, violent, merciless, paranoid, incompetent, relentless, cow-loving religious bigots, glorified terrorists, paedophiles, chronic misogynists People believe in crushing, destroying, humiliating, killing and jailing their perceived enemies and political adversaries for no just cause the moment they feel threatened or intimidated. God did not create us as Nigerians, but Lord Lugard, an ignorant British clown who decided to marry a rich woman with a poor violent husband without asking her opinion. No referendum No more election in Biafra land.

    • aisha ani

      Is that what the story is about? Please get serious, we have at least two dead people.