UPDATE: Shooter is dead, according to police.
A Bronx hospital is on lockdown Friday afternoon as three people have been shot by a yet-uncaptured shooter.
The suspect, who was described as carrying a rifle and wearing a white doctor’s coat, has opened fire within the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City. The shooting began just after 3pm on Friday afternoon, and at nearly 4pm smoke was seen emanating from the medical facility’s 16th floor in what police believe is a related incident.
“Chopper 4 over the scene shows a sea of NYPD vehicles gridlocking the streets around the hospital.
“The FDNY, meanwhile, says they’ve gotten a report of a smoke condition on the 16th floor of the hospital. They are on standby and not inside the hospital yet. Chopper 4 shows firefighters gathered outside the hospital entrance.
“Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center describes itself as the largest voluntary, not-for-profit health care system in the south and central Bronx.
“The 120-year-old hospital claims nearly 1,000 beds spread across multiple units. Its emergency room is among the busiest in New York City.
“The hospital is about a mile and a half north of Yankee Stadium.”
We will be sure to report updates to this story as the day moves forward.
While no suspicion of terrorism has been formally admitted, police have yet to rule it out. Given that there are over 1,000 active FBI investigations into ISIS-related individuals in America, there is no doubt that the possibility of jihad striking Bronx Lebanon Hospital is on everyone’s mind.