NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor forced from a New York hospital because of sexual harassment accusations returned Friday with an assault rifle hidden under a lab coat and shot seven people, killing one woman and leaving several doctors fighting for their lives, authorities said.Employees locked themselves inside rooms and patients feared for their lives after an announcement that an armed intruder was loose in the building.Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as the 45-year-old Bello, who was described on the hospital website as a family medicine physician.Bello was allowed to resign from the hospital in 2015 amid sexual harassment allegations, according to two law enforcement officials.In unrelated cases, the doctor pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, in 2004 after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello grabbed her, lifted her up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."Shortly after receiving a 911 call about an active shooter, police officers went floor by floor, their guns drawn, looking for the gunman.According to New York State Education Department records, Bello had a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate to gain experience in order to be licensed.
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By COLLEEN LONG and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press - Saturday Jul 1, 2017
After he was forced to resign as a family medicine doctor amid sexual harassment allegations, he threatened his colleagues.On Friday, Bello returned to Bronx Lebanon Hospital with an AR-15 assault rifle tucked under his white lab coat and opened fire in his old department, killing one doctor and critically wounding six other people at the hospital, according to law enforcement officials.[...] detectives are trying to piece together what prompted Bello to snap two years after he was forced out, and whether he was hunting for someone in particular when he went to the 16th floor and started shooting.People described a chaotic scene as gunfire erupted, spreading terror throughout the medical facility as employees locked themselves inside rooms and patients feared for their lives after hearing an announcement warning of someone in the building with a weapon.Shortly after receiving a 911 call about an active shooter, police officers went floor by floor, their guns drawn, looking for the gunman.The officials were not authorized to discuss the still-unfolding investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.According to New York State Education Department records, Bello graduated from Ross University and had a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate to gain experience in order to be licensed.Bello also worked as a pharmacy technician at Metropolitan hospital in Manhattan because he was having a hard time getting licensed as a physician, but quit the job in 2012 and filed for unemployment, according to the lawyer who represented him on appeal in 2014.In unrelated cases, the doctor pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, in 2004 after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello grabbed her, lifted her up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."
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