A man was shot and killed by police on the steps of a historic New York City cathedral after he started shooting a gun at the end of a Christmas choir concert.
Police said there was no indication that anyone but the armed suspect had been shot. The man was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The shooting took place Sunday afternoon at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
The 45-minute concert, held outdoors on the steps of the cathedral, had just ended and people were starting to walk away when a series of gunshots were heard, sending people running down the street screaming and plunging onto the sidewalk.
Officers who were on hand to provide security for the event quickly arrived and shot the gunman, who police said was armed with a rifle.
After the shooting had stopped, a large group of police officers, guns in the air, approached the armed suspect as he lay wounded at the top of the steps, near the huge doors of the cathedral.
“Do not move! Don’t move, ”some officers shouted. The ambulances arrived a few moments later. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Department Head Terence Monahan attended the scene.