Joy at baby's birth turned to fear during Bronx hospital shooting



Her sister had just given birth to a baby boy, and her visit to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on Friday should have been a day of celebration.


Instead, Vergie Jackson spent the day in fear — trapped on the fifth-floor maternity ward for hours, as Henry Bello stalked the hospital’s halls with a rifle 11 stories above her.


“All we hear is, ‘Code Silver, Code Silver!’ the 37-year-old home health aide from Wakefield, the Bronx, told the Daily News.


“(Hospital personnel) said it means ‘Lethal weapon, go back in your room, barricade the door.’ ”


Jackson posted a series of Facebook Live videos from her sister’s hospital room, showing police and other first responders swarming the streets below.

Cops checking in on Vergie Jackson and her family during their sweep of the Hospital floors.

Cops checking in on Vergie Jackson and her family during their sweep of the Hospital floors.

(Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)


Early on, when information was scarce about the shooting, Jackson feared someone might break into the maternity ward and kidnap the newborns inside.


“I’m really still traumatized,” she said. She stayed close to her newborn nephew, Michael Anthony, ready to shield him from a bullet if necessary, she said.


“We didn’t hide because there were too many kids up there. We were trying to stay as close to those kids as possible.”

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