Staff praised for actions during Bronx hospital shooting

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Stories of bravery in the face of chaos are emerging from those who survived Friday's deadly mass shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital.

Nurse Donna Lee Peterkin is back at work at the hospital just days after Dr. Henry Bello, a former physician at the hospital, opened fire and shot seven people, including one fatally, before killing himself. Police say Bello blamed his co-workers for his termination in 2015.

Peterkin was with a patient but refused to leave the woman's side when the gunfire started.

"It wasn't a choice, I couldn't leave, but at the same time I couldn't abandon my patient," she said during a news conference Monday morning. "I was scared, she was scared, but I had to be brave."

Her bravery and that of the other doctors and nurses amid the chaos was praised by administrators during the news conference at the hospital. There are also remembrances of 32-year-old Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, the only victim to die in the shooting.

Hospital administrators called the doctors and nurses the real heroes who sprang into action in the face of tragedy to save lives

A doctor who was shot in the neck was released from the hospital Monday. Five others remain hospitalized, but doctors say their conditions are improving.

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