VALHALLA, new york – A man who said he wanted to end his ill wife’s suffering, shot her dead in her bed in a suburb of New York hospital Wednesday, and then killed himself, police said.
Richard DeLucia, 71, left a note at the few of the condo, indicating he was distraught about how his wife, Ann, 70, suffered and wanted an end to her ordeal, Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’leary said.
And the man went to his wife’s room at Westchester Medical Center with a licensed .38-caliber revolver, fired a shot that killed his wife and then took his own life with another shot, police said. No one else in the room at the time, authorities said.
Ann DeLucia, whose medical condition was not immediately revealed, was found in her bed and her husband was found on the floor of her fourth floor room at the Valhalla hospital, about 35 miles north of Manhattan, police said.
Richard DeLucia was once the property of a well-known Westchester catering hall, the Westchester Manor, called the Manor house in its time, the current co-owner Enrico Mareschi said. Although DeLucia sold the room to the other owner about 15 years ago, he still came by occasionally to two or three years ago, Mareschi said.
“He was a nice boy,” Mareschi said. “He was a good man.”
On the few apartment building in Yorktown Heights, neighbors included the news with dismay.
“Everyone is just shocked,” resident Valeria Tassone said, adding that she had no insight into what was going on in the couple’s life.
The gunfire prompted a short lockdown of a large suburban medical center that provides tens of thousands of people per year. Jatziri Escobar, a patient who arrived at the hospital shortly after 9 a.m., told the Journal News she was the first floor, and when staff members walked through the building, alerting patients about the active shooting.
“I was a little scared, but one of the agents told me to relax and everything would be OK,” said Escobar, 22, Of Elmsford.
Dr. Srihari Naidu, an interventional cardiologist at the hospital, told The Associated Press he was in his office in a nearby building when he was an “active shooter alert”, followed by a lockdown notification that lasted for about a half hour.
The building where the shooting happened is “very well-guarded,” he said, and many areas cannot be reached without badges.
A third company provides safety for Westchester Medical Center, both unarmed guards and armed regulators with law-enforcement backgrounds. People who are in the hospital are not searched for weapons.
The police said the hospital security staff responded immediately, and the police arrived within two minutes.
Visitor Linda Pepitone said that she was trying to be on a lift, to look for some salt and pepper for the egg breakfast, when she realized that the elevator does not seem to be carried out. A hospital employee came along and told her there was a report about someone with a weapon.
The fourth floor is the area around the site of the shooting remained closed then, Gleason said, but also other aspects of the hospital back to normal.
Hope Conley said that she and her mother-in-law came to visit her in the hospital father-in-law right around the time of the recording, and were told that they had to wait. After about half an hour, they could to his fourth floor room, which was not in the closed area, ” she said.
They found the door to his room was closed for safety, ” she said.
“They made sure the patients were confirmed — they close all the doors. She did what she had to do,” said Conley, of New Windsor, New York. She said hospital staff members to quickly resume their work: Her father-in-law went to surgery around 10:30 pm
The hospital totals more than 600 adults, children and psychiatric beds in a campus in the north of Westchester.
A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine counted 154 pictures in hospitals in the USA. from 2000 to 2011.
In June 2017, a doctor who was forced to resign from the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City, two years ago, in the midst of a sexual harassment claim opened fire in the hospital, killing a doctor and hurting six others, authorities said. The police said the doctor, Henry Bello, killed himself on the scene.
Hospitals have since the to strengthen the security.
Two hospitals on Long Island recently started arming their security guards. Another asks visitors to show identification and obtain a hospital-issued guest pass for passing through security turnstiles.
Other New York-the hospitals are hiring police to provide security.
Westchester Medical Center spokeswoman Kara Bennorth declined to discuss whether any changes can be made in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting.
Peltz reported from New York. Associated Press writers Kiley Armstrong and Michael R. Sisak contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to identify the month of the 2017 shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in June, not in July.