BRONX, NYC (HEAVY.COM) – Bello was originally from Nigeria. However, the New York Times reported that it’s not clear whether Bello was born in the U.S., but he had a social security number since his teens; he was born as Henry Williams Obotetukudo.
After his ouster from the hospital, his life spiraled down to the point where he was “staying at a Bellevue Men’s shelter,” according to The New York Daily News. He made an impression on other at the shelter, The New York Times reported, because of his “neat dress, which consisted of slacks, button-down shirts and stylish glasses.”
It wasn’t his first stint in a homeless shelter, according to The Times.
It hadn’t always been so dire. According to The New York Times, Bello went to medical school in the Caribbean at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, and convinced Lebanon Hospital to take a chance on him as a “house physician.” Some neighbors thought he was courteous and friendly, but a former co-worker told The Associated Press that Bello could be “very aggressive, talking loudly, threatening people.”
Doctors and nurses had barricaded themselves inside the hospital as the gunfire broke out. The Daily News reported that Bello shouted “Why didn’t you help me out when I was getting in trouble?” before opening fire.
In the end, reported The New York Post, six people lay wounded: “three doctors, two med students and one patient — on the 16th floor. He then headed up one flight, where he fatally shot a 33-year-old doctor.”
There were also reports that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the hospital with a rifle. However, police then confirmed that the suspect was down. “A total of 6 additional gunshot victims were removed to the ER of Hospital. 5 of them were seriously injured & 1 was shot in the leg,” the NYPD tweeted.
According to CNN, the suspect had ID on him, and “shot himself on the 16th floor.” The Daily Beast reported that the weapon used was an “Anderson Arms AR-15 assault rifle with a standard magazine.”