Remarks by Police Commissioner James O’Neill:
At approximately 2:55 pm, a 911 call was received reporting a male firing a gun on the 16th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital at 173rd Street and Grand Concourse. Responding patrol units from the 44th Precinct quickly determined that several people had been shot on the 16th and 17th floors by a lone gunman armed with an assault rifle.
Additional NYPD Units from SRG, ESU and other commands responded and began an active-shooter protocol, including a search for the suspect, evacuation procedures and activation of the Rescue Task Force during the incident, the hospital’s fire alarm system activated, apparently due to the suspect’s attempt to set himself on fire. On the 17th floor, officers encountered the male suspect lying on the floor dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
An assault rifle was found nearby. The subject was wearing a white medical-type coat. A female victim was also discovered on the 17th floor. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A total of six additional gunshot victims were found on the 16th floor, they have been removed to the emergency room of the hospital. Five of them were seriously injured and one suffered a gunshot to the leg. The subject, who is not being officially named at this time is a former employee of Bronx Lebanon Hospital.