by means of Ted Shaffrey and Mary Esch, AP
a person become fatally shot via police on the steps of a landmark big apple metropolis cathedral Sunday after he begun firing two semiautomatic handguns on the end of a Christmas choral concert, police stated.
The gunfire all started just before 4 p.m. on the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, mom church of the Episcopal Diocese of manhattan.
A forty five-minute live performance held on the cathedral steps had just concluded and a crowd of a number of hundred individuals turned into drifting away when the gunman began taking pictures, sending americans operating down Amsterdam Avenue screaming and diving to the sidewalk.
A detective, a sergeant and a police officer who had been at the event fired 15 rounds, killing the man, noted ny Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“it is by means of the grace of God today,” he pointed out, that nobody besides the gunman changed into struck.
The gunman was wearing black along with his face obscured by way of a white baseball cap and a face masks. He held a silver pistol in one hand and a black one within the different as he stepped from at the back of a stone column at the correct of the staircase.
Witnesses told police the man changed into yelling “kill me” as he fired, Shea referred to. the man’s name became no longer instantly launched.
the man had a prolonged crook background and turned into carrying a backpack containing a can of fuel, rope, wire, tape, knives and a smartly-worn Bible, Shea observed. The police commissioner referred to as the movements of the officers “heroic.”
It wasn’t clear if the gunman became aiming at individuals or firing in the air.
A video posted on social media by one bystander showed officers crouched in the back of trash cans yelling “drop the gun!” and firing cautiously aimed shots at the man for at the least a minute and half as he darted out and in from at the back of a pillar.
Some terrified civilians lay prone at the bottom of the steps, clutching each and every other all through the gunfire. Others cowered behind a lamp publish. They ran for security after the gunman changed into felled via an officer’s shot.
earlier than the gunfire began, the concert featured participants of the cathedral choir standing a ways aside on the stone steps donning masks because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It become just alluring, after which at the end this adult all started taking pictures. every person is in shock,” a cathedral spokeswoman, Lisa Schubert, advised The ny instances. “The shooter may have killed a lot of people. there were a whole lot of people here and he shot at the least 20 instances.”
“it’s horrible that our choir’s present to long island city, a a lot-crucial afternoon of music and team spirit, turned into cut short by this stunning act of violence,” cathedral spokeswoman Iva Benson observed through email.