New York City: Gunman killed by police after shots fired at outdoor Christmas concert

A GUNMAN has been killed by police after shots were fired at an outdoor Christmas concert at a New York City Cathedral on Sunday, December 13.

Police sources say that the scary and chaotic incident ended when two NYPD officers and a sergeant attended the scene at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine just after 4 pm, opened fire and shot the gunman in the head, killing him after he began firing two handguns while yelling “kill me.”

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that multiple sources heard the gunman yelling frantically before being gunned down, as two semi-automatic firearms were retrieved from the scene, along with a bag believed to belong to the suspect containing a full can of gasoline, wire, rope, multiple knives and a bible, Shea said.

“Thankfully, none of the attendees were hit,” Isadora Wilkenfeld, a spokesperson for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, said in a statement.

“It is horrible that our choir’s gift to New York City, a much-needed afternoon of song and unity, was cut short by this shocking act of violence.

“We will remain strong, together, and serve as a safe space for prayer, meditation and celebration during the upcoming holiday season.”

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