A person has been shot by police on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral after he started firing a gun at the top of a Christmas choral concert.
Police stated there was no indication anybody however the suspected gunman was shot. The man was taken to a hospital in vital situation.
The taking pictures occurred simply earlier than four p.m. on Sunday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, mom church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
The 45-minute concert had simply concluded and folks had been beginning to stroll away when a sequence of photographs was heard, sending folks working down Amsterdam Avenue screaming and diving to the sidewalk. Officers who had been readily available to offer safety for the occasion shortly moved in and shot the gunman, who police consider was armed with a rifle.
After the gunfire stopped, a big group of law enforcement officials, weapons drawn, approached the suspected gunman as he lay wounded at the highest of the steps, close to the cathedral’s large doorways.
“Don’t move! Don’t move,” some officers shouted.
Ambulances arrived moments later.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Chief of Department Terence Monahan had been headed to the scene.
Before the gunfire started, the concert featured members of the cathedral choir standing far aside on the stone steps carrying masks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was just beautiful, and then at the end this person started shooting. Everybody is in shock,” a cathedral spokesperson, Lisa Schubert, advised The New York Times.
The shooter might have killed lots of people. There had been a whole lot of individuals right here and he shot at least 20 instances. It wasn’t clear if the gunman was aiming at folks or firing within the air.
The cathedral posted a message on its web site saying, “Our gratitude goes out to the first responders who were swift to take action in response to the shooting on the cathedral’s front steps following Sunday’s carols for the community. The cathedral is one of the world’s largest. Construction began in 1892 and is still incomplete. The church has been connected to many New York luminaries and notable events over its long history. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a trustee. It hosted the memorial services for puppeteer Jim Henson and choreographer Alvin Ailey, and speakers over the years including South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”