Updated on June 30 at 11:52 p.m. ET
A former doctor wearing a white lab coat pulled an assault rifle out at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring six others. New York police said the hospital’s fire alarm activated after the suspect tried to set himself on fire. Authorities later found him on the floor, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATE: The shooter is deceased. Several others are injured regarding the shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 30, 2017
The hospital, which is located in New York City’s Bronx borough, is a 120-year-old nonprofit health-care provider with one of the busiest emergency rooms in the city. After gunfire began at about 2:50 p.m. on the 16th and 17th floors, police cars and rescue workers swarmed the building. As police worked to secure the scene and determine if the shooter was still alive, rescue workers were not permitted inside.
Six people were injured in all, and many are in serious condition. One woman, later identified as a physician, was killed on the 17th floor. Two surgeons at the hospital, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that the wounded victims were expected to survive, with the most severe case involving a gunshot wound to the liver. The New York Times reports that one of the wounded victims is a family services physician, another is a gastrointestinal specialist, and three are medical students.