Doctor: No idea why he would be New York hospital shooter’s target

Police officers with the Forensics Unit leave Bronx Lebanon Hospital after a gunman opened fire and then took his own life there, Friday, June 30, 2017, in New York. The gunman, identified as Dr. Henry Bello who used to work at the hospital, returned with a rifle hidden under his white lab coat, law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who appears to have been the intended target of a former physician who started shooting at a New York hospital, killing one person and injuring six, said he has no idea why he would have been singled out.

Dr. Kamran Ahmed told the New York Post he wasn’t the only one Dr. Henry Bello had a problem with.

However, “he never argued with me,” Ahmed said. “I don’t know why he put my name.”

New York City’s mayor says one doctor is dead and several others are fighting for their lives after a gunman opened fire at a hospital. (June 30)

People gather outside Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York after a gunman opened fire and then took his own life there on Friday, June 30, 2017. The gunman, identified as Dr. Henry Bello who used to work at the hospital, returned with a rifle hidden under his white lab coat, law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Bello arrived at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the Bronx on Friday with an assault rifle hidden under his lab coat and asked for a specific doctor whom he blamed for his having to resign. The physician wasn’t there at the time. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Ahmed, who specializes in the early detection and treatment of dementia, said Bello “had a problem with almost everybody, so I’m not the only one. That’s why they fired him because so many people complained.”

Authorities said Bello went to the 16th and 17th floors and started shooting anyway, killing Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, who, like him, was a family medicine doctor. Hospital officials said that Tam normally worked in one of the hospital’s satellite clinics and was covering a shift at 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, 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.”

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 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.”

In this image taken from video, emergency personnel converges on Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York, after a gunman opened fire there on Friday, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Joseph Frederick)

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 someday to kill them.

“All the time he was a problem,” said Dr. David Lazala, who trained Bello. When Bello was forced out in 2015, he sent Lazala an email blaming him for the dismissal.

Of the six others who were injured, one remained in critical condition Saturday and the rest were stable, hospital officials said Saturday. A call Sunday to the hospital for an update was not immediately returned.

Bello is dead from a self-inflicted shot.

Detectives searched the Bronx home where he was most recently living and found the box where the gun came from. Investigators were checking serial numbers and trying to determine where it was purchased.