Bronx-Lebanon Hospital copes with aftermath of shooting

- Last Friday, June 30, Dr. Henry Bello opened fire at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, killing a doctor and injuring six other people. Bello, a former employee, was forced to resign in 2015 amid sexual harassment allegations. The assault rifle he used in this deadly rampage was legally purchased at a gun store in upstate New York.

Nurse Donna Lee Peterkin was working on the 16th floor at the time of the attack. She said that "craziness" is not unknown to the staff because they deal with a lot every day. But this incident was different from anything else in her 25 years at the hospital.

Peterkin and her colleagues had just taken part in an active shooter drill in April. On Friday, they put it into live action. Peterkin said that seeing and hearing her injured colleagues was very hard for her. She said the staff is like family.

Three days later, the emotion is still raw for many. The hospital is continuing to cope.

Dr. Doyin Ojewoye was shot in the neck. She was discharged around 2 p.m. Monday. Three other victims remain hospitalized at Bronx-Lebanon. Two more that were critically injured are now stabilized at Mt. Sinai.

One victim did not survive. Dr. Tracy Sin Yee Tam, 32, a family medicine doctor died. Her former colleagues at Hackensack Medical Center at Palisades remembered their friend and are doing what they can to help her family during this tragic time. The friends set up a GoFundMe for Dr. Tam's family. It is called the Tracy Sin Yee Tam Family Fund.

Bronx-Lebanon will be holding a vigil for Dr. Tam and all the victims at 3 p.m. Thursday. 

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