STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA ON TODAY'S FATAL SHOOTING AT BRONX LEBANON HOSPITAL CENTER
"I'm deeply saddened and disturbed by today's fatal shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. This senseless tragedy that has left our borough and our City in mourning, did not only take the life of a female doctor but left six others injured, some of them in critical condition. I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and wish a swift physical and emotional recovery to those affected by this traumatic event.
However, in the midst of this horrific tragedy, we are reminded of the many acts of heroism displayed today. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of our first responders including the NYPD, especially police officers from the 44th and 46th Precinct, the FDNY and the EMT, for the courage and professionalism displayed under the most strenuous of circumstances. Further, I want to express my profound appreciation to the doctors, nurses and personnel at Bronx Lebanon for their work in putting their patients out of harm's way.
It is indeed a very sad day for our City."
Statement from Assembly Member Michael A. Blake on Bronx Lebanon Hospital Shooting
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by today's tragic shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where seven people were shot by the shooter; especially to the family of the doctor who had her life senselessly taken. Other persons are in surgery so please keep them and the medical staff lifted up in prayer. The gunman has taken his life.
I thank the first responders and Bronx Lebanon staff for responding so quickly. Our team is on site and in constant communication to get updates.
This tragedy is another reminder that there must be stronger gun laws in our country, and the need for greater awareness around mental health concerns that can lead to unspeakable loss.
Statement by Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda
"This obviously was the work of a madman"
My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the fatal shooting victim in today's terror-filled rampage at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, and I wish a speedy recovery to the six other shooting victims.
I applaud the quick, heroic work of other doctors and nurses who sprang into action to help the wounded, even as the gunman was rampaging through the hospital. They truly are heroes.
I also applaud the swift response of the NYPD. While others flee from danger, they race toward it.
This obviously was the work of a madman, who vented his twisted fantasies with violence, going out in what he may have felt literally was a blaze of glory by setting himself on fire before shooting himself.
I hope, as part of the investigation, the authorities determine how he was able to obtain a deadly assault rifle, once again, a weapon of choice for lunatics committing mass murder and mayhem.
When will this nation finally come up with a rational response to the crazy, illogical glorification of these weapons of horrific injury and murder?
STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLYMAN VICTOR PICHARDO
“Today’s senseless shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, left 2 people dead and several people hurt. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families during this tragedy.
“I would like to thank NYPD, FDNY and all first responders for dealing with the situation as quickly as possible in order to keep our community safe.
“My office will continue to monitor the situation and work with the Mayor and my colleagues in government to make sure that our community and the people of the Bronx feel safe and secured.”