New York gunman shot dead after opening fire outside cathedral Christmas concert

New York, - Three police officers fired a total of 15 shots at the man

By AFP

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Published: Mon 14 Dec 2020, 6:15 AM

Last updated: Mon 14 Dec 2020, 6:57 AM

A man was shot dead by police after he opened fire near crowds who had gathered to watch carol-singing outside a New York church on Sunday.

New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said no one was injured during the shooting on the steps of the Cathedral of St John the Divine in Manhattan.


Three police officers fired a total of 15 shots at the man, Shea told reporters.

“The defendant was struck at least once in the head and is deceased,” he said.


Police recovered two guns from the scene and a bag found nearby that had a full container of gasoline, rope, wire, and multiple knives.

An AFP journalist who witnessed the incident said she saw the man firing shots from the church steps as a few hundred people started to disperse when the outdoor choral concert finished shortly before 4:00 pm (2100 GMT).

“I heard two or three booms that were really loud,” she said. “I looked up and maybe ten meters away from me on the stairs there was a guy shooting.

“I saw the bursts of gunfire coming out of the gun and I just started to run away. I just ran for my life.”

Witness Martha Stolley said the man fired eight to ten shots before a police officer shot him.

“He was shooting without aiming at anybody,” she told AFP, adding that the man was shouting “Shoot me, kill me.”

 

New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. It's unclear if the gunman was killed or if any others were injured. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the church which is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. It's unclear if the gunman was killed or if any others were injured. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the church which is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
New York police officers carry a suspected gunman in a stretcher down the steps of Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. AP
New York police officers carry a suspected gunman in a stretcher down the steps of Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. AP
New York police officers block off the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York.  - AP
New York police officers block off the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. - AP
Emergency medical personnel pull a stretcher up to the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. AP
Emergency medical personnel pull a stretcher up to the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. AP
New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.  - AP
New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. - AP
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