A man whipped out a gun and shot a patient in Jacobi Hospital’s emergency room Tuesday afternoon, throwing the ER into lockdown in a wild incident caught on video, according to cops and sources.
Surveillance footage obtained by The Post shows the black-clad gunman pulling out his weapon as he runs from the ER’s front desk to the waiting area and aims it at his male victim.
The victim, who was there to be treated for a previous injury, can be seen running around the waiting area looking for cover as the triggerman shoots him.
The suspect then runs off.
Law-enforcement sources said the gunman was at the Bronx hospital around 12:30 p.m looking for a friend who was arrested and possibly being treated there when he got into an argument with the victim, who was standing in the waiting area.
“Looks and words were exchanged,” an NYPD spokesman said outside the scene.
Then, “It looks like he just takes [his gun] out and starts shooting,” the spokesman said.
The suspect fired at the 35-year-old victim four times, hitting him in the forearm.
The victim was expected to recover. He also survived a shooting last year, according to sources.
Mayor Eric Adams said he would be visiting the victim at the hospital later Monday.
“This was a reprehensible act, one made even worse by the fact that it happened in a place where New Yorkers go for safety and to heal,” Adams said on Twitter.
A handful of patients were in the hospital section waiting be seen when the gunfire broke out.
NYC Health + Hospitals, which operates Jacobi and the city’s other public hospitals and clinics, said its staff “swiftly took care of the victim and took actions to protect other patients in the waiting room.
“Our immediate focus is on caring for the patient and ensuring the safety of our staff. We are working closely with @NYPDnews as they conduct their investigation,” the corporation said in a statement.
Derek Jackson, of Teamsters Local 237 which represents hospital police in New York City, said the hospital has been rife with violence in recent months.
“Today was the fourth gun incident in 14 months,” he told The Post, adding, “it was scary, frightening.”
Jackson was at Jacobi on Tuesday to train 28 new officers, noting, “They got a crash course today with this shooter.”
“The officers here are all unarmed. No guns, no vests,” he added.
A hospital radiology worker called on Jacobi to install metal detectors after the “scary” incident.
“It’s just horrible lately. We should have a metal detector,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. “I don’t know if this is scarier than COVID, or if COVID was scarier than this.”
Kevin Jacobs, 34, a hospital parking manager, called the shooting “crazy,” pointing out: “This is where people get help.
“It’s The Bronx – that’s all I can say. It’s crazy,” Jacobs added. “It’s The Bronx, you can’t really do anything. This is what happens in The Bronx.”
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