Man Shot Near NYC Cathedral

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A man was shot by police on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral Sunday afternoon after he began firing a gun at the end of a Christmas choral concert.

Police said there was no indication anyone but the suspected gunman was shot. The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

The 45-minute concert had just concluded and people were starting to walk away when a series of shots was heard, sending people running down Amsterdam Avenue screaming and diving to the sidewalk. 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.

An armed suspect has been fatally shot by police after opening fire during a Christmas concert outside of the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in Harlem. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. when a man shouted "kill me" and fired multiple shots just outside the doors of the church at the conclusion of the caroling concert.

Shea said that a police officer and community affairs detective who were in the area, and a sergeant located at St. Luke's Hospital nearby responded almost immeidately, firing a total of 15 shots at the gunman. At least one of the shots struck the gunman in the head. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police shot and killed an armed suspect who allegedly opened fire outside a Manhattan cathedral as carolers sang on the steps of the church, according to the New York Police Department.

None of the carolers or people nearby were injured or killed in the incident outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, police said.

“It is by the grace of God today that we don’t have anyone struck,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

The carolers were ending their singing around 3:45 p.m. when an unidentified man opened fire near the doors of the church, Shea told reporters at a news conference.

A man was shot just prior to 4 p.m. Sunday near New York City’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine after allegedly firing on officers.

The New York Times reports that church was scheduled to hold a “Christmas caroling event about 45 minutes before the shooting.”

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