How Dr Tracy Tam a last minute fill in for a fellow colleague at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, not scheduled to work on Friday lost her life to Dr Henry Bello seeking revenge.
Dr Tracy Sin-Yee Tam has been identified as the Bronx Lebanon Hospital doctor who was slain at the hands of Dr Henry Bello, 45, after agreeing at the last minute to be a stand in for a colleague.
The woman hadn’t been scheduled to work Friday afternoon but had agreed to cover for a colleague at the last moment, only as fate would have it, have her path cross that of deranged gunman, resolute on seeking revenge for perceived wrongs against him.
By the end of the 15 minutes Henry Bello had wrought his carnage, leaving six fellow doctors wounded along with the mortally wounded Tam, the family of the female doctor would spend a lifetime wondering how it all came to be.
A report via the nypost told of Dr Tracy Tam having been originally scheduled to have Friday off.
‘She didn’t have to be there. She doesn’t work in the hospital she works in the clinic,’ told neighbor Mahmudur Rahman.
Bello’s target, a hospital resident, was off duty and away from the hospital on Friday on the day of the shooting.
Upon having initially arrived at the hospital, Bello had asked for the resident, but the man was not there. It was his day off. Undeterred the man then opened fire indiscriminately on two floors of the hospital, the 16th and 17th floors, before lighting a fire in a nurse’s station.
According to report via the nydailynews, Tam, a family medicine doctor, was assigned to the hospital’s department of psychiatry.
She finished medical school in 2013 and was licensed to practice medicine in both New Jersey and New York, according to an online profile. Tam’s profile showed her graduating from Tam graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Police found Tam’s body just a few feet from Bello, who had taken his own life a few moments after shooting Tam and another doctor on the 17th floor, sources said.
Witness Dione Morales, who has been a patient at the hospital for 17 years, told CBS New York Bello 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.’