A gunman who opened fire on the steps of a New York City cathedral on December 13 after an outdoor Christmas concert ended was shot and killed by responding police officers, authorities said.
A choir that had just finished Christmas caroling at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was lingering around when the suspect, who had two handguns, approached the church doors and opened fire into the air.
Two NYPD officers and a sergeant, who were present at the scene, opened fire, striking the gunman in the head. None of the attendees were hit.
The suspect was yelling “kill me,” according to multiple witnesses on the scene. A motive for the shooting is not yet clear.
The gunman — a man in his 50s — was pronounced dead at a hospital later in the day.
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.