Pistol Wielding man Assaults New York Cathedral, Shot Dead by Police

An unidentified man stormed and opened fire at a Christmas choral concert in the Manhattan cathedral which prompted police to neutralize him.

An unidentified gunman stormed and opened fire at a Christmas choral concert in a Manhattan cathedral which prompted police to neutralize him.

The suspect reportedly wore a black hoodie with his face obscured by a white baseball cap and a face mask and was carrying a backpack containing a can of gasoline, rope, wire, tape, knives, and a well-worn Bible

The suspect shouted “Kill me!” as he opened fire with his two pistols from the steps of New York City’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine while people were gathering for the concert.

A detective, a sergeant, and a police officer who present at the scene fired on the suspect after the suspect did not comply while the crowd fled to safety.

A Reuters photographer who was present said the police ordered the suspect several times to drop his weapon before shooting him

It was still unclear whether the suspect fired at the ground or into the air but new York City Police Department spokesman Sergeant Edward Riley explained that the gunman had fired on police but none were hit.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the suspect was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his wounds.

“(The) quick action of our NYPD officers kept the crowd safe,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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