After a Christmas concert, a man in Manhattan opens fire on visitors. The perpetrator is shot. This way the police could prevent worse.

In New York, a man who opened fire on the sidelines of a Christmas concert was shot dead by police. The man fired in front of St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan on Sunday, but didn’t injure anyone, as local police chief Dermot Shea announced. Three police officers then shot the man at least 15 times, at least one of the bullets hit him in the head.

“I just ran for my life”

A choir had sung Christmas carols in front of the cathedral. Several hundred people attended the concert. A reporter from the AFP news agency in attendance said the man opened fire when the crowd began to disperse after the concert. He stood on the church stairs and fired. “I just ran for my life,” said the journalist.

Another witness said the man fired eight to 10 shots before he was shot himself. The background to the incident was initially unclear. Police found two firearms on the spot. Nearby she also discovered a bag with a full gasoline can, rope, wire and several knives.

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