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Monday, 3 July 2017

Bello mentally unstable, friends, colleagues say of Nigerian doctor involved in New York murder (SEE PHOTOS)



Friends and colleagues of Nigerian doctor who went on the rampage last Friday in a New York hospital, killing one female colleague and injuring six others, have said they were not surprised at his action.
Bello also committed suicide by turning the gun on himself after he failed to set himself ablaze in the Bronx Lebanon Hospital premises.
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Those who knew him said Dr. Henry Bello had mental issues. He is believed to have lived in a New York City apartment building that was actually a shelter for homeless persons.
Before last Friday’s incident, Bello was known to have had several brushes with the law.
He had been arrested in 2004 on a charge of sex abuse, according to a police report, after a 23-year-old woman told police that Bello grabbed her, lifted her up and carried her off, saying: ‘You’re coming with me.’
He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance, after two different women reported he was trying to look up their skirts with a mirror.
Colleagues said of him, “Bello ‘was very aggressive, talking loudly, threatening people all the time.
“He was a problem,’ said Dr. David Lazala, a family medicine doctor who said he trained Bello at Bronx Lebanon.
He said Bello, who worked at night as a doctor, sent him a threatening email after Bello was fired.
Forty-five year-old Bello reportedly bought the AM-15 assault rifle just 10 days before the deadly attack in New York City.
The authorities said Bello was forced to resign from the hospital in 2015 over sexual harassment accusations by a former co-worker.
He was also said to have sent an email to a New York-based newspaper two hours before the rampage, blaming his co-workers for ruining his career.
According to a colleague, 32-year-old Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam was not Bello’s intended target, but Dr. Kamran Ahmed was. Indeed, Tam, described as a family medicine physician, was supposed to be off duty that day.
Ahmed, who was on his day off during the shooting, said Bello ‘never argued’ with him and he doesn’t ‘know why he put my name.’
Ahmed, who specialises 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,’ he added.
Details emerged over the weekend about what may have motivated Bello to go on a shooting spree.
Bello lived as a mental health occupant at a homeless shelter, his friends said, and felt ‘antagonised’ by his co-workers after he was fired following a sexual harassment allegation, according to a New York Post article.
‘He was a mental health occupant, so I mean, it’s not surprising,’ a 31-year-old resident at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
‘You’re going through things. You have mental health issues and then people…antagonise you and you lose your job.
‘It felt like he was being picked on by his co-workers and stuff like that. People were being manipulative to him,’ the resident added.
As Bello shot at his co-workers he yelled: ‘Why didn’t you help me out when I was getting in trouble?’
About two hours before the deadly shooting, he also sent an email to the New York Daily News blaming two doctors for terminating ‘my road to a licensure to practice medicine.’
Bello, who was described on the hospital’s website as a family medicine physician, wrote: ‘First, I was told it was because I always kept to myself. Then it was because of an altercation with a nurse.’
On Friday evening, it was revealed that Bello had been forced to resign over sexual harassment accusations.
However, in the email that was sent at 12.46pm, Bello said he was told his termination stemmed from him threatening a colleague.
He said he then sent an email to that colleague ‘congratulating her for my termination after she sent out an email to everybody telling them to file complaints against me so I can be terminated for being rude to her.’
‘I only said in the email, it remains to be seen if my life is meaningless or disposable,’ Bello wrote.
Bello then blamed another doctor for ruining his career, adding that the doctor ‘blocked’ him from getting his medical permit despite him pouring $400,000 of his money into the hospital and the family medicine department.
According to the Daily News, an editor at the newspaper didn’t make the connection to Bello until after the shooting.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed Bello died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The attack on Friday left several doctors fighting for their lives, and witnesses described a chaotic scene as gunfire erupted and spread terror throughout the medical facility.
Employees locked themselves inside rooms and patients feared for their lives.
In 2015, Bello was allowed to resign from the hospital after being accused of sexual harassment, according to two law enforcement officials.
They did not know the details of the allegations, and agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding.
However, Dr Maureen Kwankam, 50, told the New York Daily News he was fired from the hospital ‘because he was kind of crazy.’
Bello also tried to set fire to the nurses’ station on the 16th floor, but the hospital’s sprinkler system put it out before the blaze could grow.
‘This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere,’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
He also said terrorism did not play a role.
An eye witness Dione Morales, who has been a patient at the hospital for 17 years, told CBS New York the shooter had threatened to kill people back when he was fired.
‘He was let go because I guess they figured he was unstable. He said he was going to do this,’ she said.
‘He said he was going to kill people, two years ago, when he was let go. Two years… and now look what happened.’
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