Cancer patient, 65, armed with a gun barricades himself at Upper East Side hospital

A 65-year-old cancer patient barricaded himself inside a Manhattan hospital bathroom and fired multiple shots during an hours-long standoff with the police overnight.

The suspect, identified this morning as Joseph Gill, was a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer hospital on East 67th Street.

He reportedly arrived at the hospital’s urgent care facility carrying a gun at around 8:45pm, and went into a bathroom on the first floor.

He then allegedly fired four shots, which did not hit anyone. 

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Shots were fired during a three-hour standoff between a cancer patient and NYPD officers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on East 67th Street in Manhattan

Shots were fired during a three-hour standoff between a cancer patient and NYPD officers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on East 67th Street in Manhattan

Shots were fired during a three-hour standoff between a cancer patient and NYPD officers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on East 67th Street in Manhattan 

The patient, identified as 65-year-old Joseph Gill, surrendered before midnight and was transported by ambulance (pictured) to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation

The patient, identified as 65-year-old Joseph Gill, surrendered before midnight and was transported by ambulance (pictured) to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation

The patient, identified as 65-year-old Joseph Gill, surrendered before midnight and was transported by ambulance (pictured) to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation  

Police were called to the hospital's urgent care department for reports of an armed patient suffering from a mental health crisis

Police were called to the hospital's urgent care department for reports of an armed patient suffering from a mental health crisis

Police were called to the hospital’s urgent care department for reports of an armed patient suffering from a mental health crisis 

Police received reports of a person suffering a mental health crisis and responded to the scene at 9.25pm.

Officers learned that Gill had barricaded himself inside the bathroom and was refusing to come out.

The area of the hospital where the standoff unfolded was evacuated, with patients and staff having to move to a different part of the complex.

Following negotiations with the NYPD, 65-year-old Gill turned himself in and was taken into custody just before midnight, WABC reported.

No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

Gill had barricaded himself inside a first-floor bathroom and fired four rounds from a handgun, none of which struck anyone

Gill had barricaded himself inside a first-floor bathroom and fired four rounds from a handgun, none of which struck anyone

Gill had barricaded himself inside a first-floor bathroom and fired four rounds from a handgun, none of which struck anyone 

The part of the building where the drama unfolded overnight was evacuated

The part of the building where the drama unfolded overnight was evacuated

The part of the building where the drama unfolded overnight was evacuated 

Heavy police presence is seen outside the cancer hospital on East 67th Street on Thursday night

Heavy police presence is seen outside the cancer hospital on East 67th Street on Thursday night

Heavy police presence is seen outside the cancer hospital on East 67th Street on Thursday night

It took NYPD negotiators three hours to convince Gill to peacefully surrender, after which he was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Police recovered the man’s handgun at the scene.

An NYPD spokesperson wrote in an email DailyMail.com that Gill has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.   

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