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Multiple people shot inside New York hospital; shooter dead

NEW YORK — Multiple people were shot by a man wearing a white lab coat inside a New York City hospital, officials told WPIX.

Gunfire broke out at 2:50 p.m. ET inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, according to the NYPD. In a tweet, police told people to avoid the area around the hospital.

Multiple people were shot, though the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, according to police.

A police source told WPIX the shooter, who may be a doctor, had barricaded himself inside the facility.

According to NBC News, there are reports the shooter has been shot.

The shooter is believed to be a former hospital employee, local law enforcement officials told CNN.

Aerial footage of the scene showed the hospital surrounded by police cars and fire trucks.