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UPDATE: Police on Wednesday morning said a 25-year-old suspected gunman was arrested late Tuesday night after the gunfire in the Bronx hospital.

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MORRIS PARK, the Bronx (PIX11) – A man was shot in the arm inside a Bronx hospital Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Gunfire erupted inside the emergency department waiting room at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in Morris Park around 12:40 p.m., according to police and a hospital spokesperson. An individual walked in and shot another individual who was in the waiting room, the hospital spokesperson said.

“This was a cowardly act in a space where New Yorkers come for healing and care. Our health care heroes swiftly took care of the shooting victim and took actions to protect the other patients in the waiting room,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Our immediate focus is on caring for the patient and ensuring the safety of our staff. We are working closely with the NYPD as they conduct their investigation.”

The 35-year-old victim underwent surgery and was expected to survive, police said. Authorities said the suspected shooter fled. The hospital spokesperson said no hospital employees were injured in the shooting and the gunman was no longer on hospital grounds.

This was not the first hospital shooting in the borough. Four and a half years ago, a former doctor opened fire inside a Bronx hospital. Authorities said Dr. Henry Bello fatally shot one person and wounded six others at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on June 30, 2017 before killing himself.

The incident also comes as Mayor Eric Adams vowed to end gun violence in the boroughs. Adams outlined his “blueprint to end gun violence,” which addresses each cause of gun violence with immediate actions and long-term initiatives. Adams also renewed his call for the federal and state governments to step up their partnerships with the city to reduce gun violence.

Last week, a gunman opened fire on two NYPD officers responding to a domestic incident between a mother and her adult son at a Harlem apartment on Friday evening. Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed and officer Wilbert Mora, 27, died of his injuries Tuesday, police said.

Several days prior, a baby girl was shot in the face in the Bronx. The 11-month-old girl was in a parked car with her mother when an unidentified suspect chased another unidentified individual and opened fire, striking the baby, officials said. She was shot in her left cheek and spent her first birthday recovering in the hospital.

The shootings were the latest in a string of crimes that have unnerved New Yorkers. In the three weeks since Adams took office, a 19-year-old cashier was shot to death as she worked a late-night shift at a Burger King and a woman was pushed to her death in a subway station. With the Harlem shooting Friday night, four police officers had been shot in as many days.

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