Cops Shoot Armed Suspect Firing Outside NYC Cathedral: Officials


An armed man firing outside of a Manhattan church was shot by police Sunday afternoon, a senior NYPD official told News 4.

Shots were first reported just before 4 p.m. following a Christmas concert program at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine near Morningside Park.

Officers who had been on hand to provide security for the event quickly moved in and shot the gunman, who police believe was armed with a rifle.

The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer confirmed the shooting in a tweet. She said two of her staffers were attending the holiday concert around the time of the shooting.

There has been a shooting at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine after their Christmas concert—my Chief of Staff and press secretary who were present are safe. We don’t have a lot of information but our gratitude goes out to first responders @NYPD24Pct@NYPDnews.

— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) December 13, 2020

NYC Council Member Mark Levine said no one else was injured after the gunman began shooting “indiscriminately in the air.”

Police asked the public to avoid the area of West 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue due to the ongoing investigation.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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