Pre-Christmas drama. A holiday concert on the steps of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in New York City ended in gunfire and mass panic.
Because of the pandemic, the traditional performance of the church choir was moved outside. Immediately after the concert, one of the spectators pulled out two guns and began shooting at the air and police officers. The assailant was wearing a black coat and a mask with a Dominican flag on it. The officers fired 15 shots back and wounded the suspect in the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. None of the police or bystanders were hurt.
“The police officer and the shooter were talking and yelling at each other. The assailant tried to calm down, but he acted like a madman. Shouting: “Just shoot me, just shoot me! Kill me, you hear me, kill me, shoot me,” eyewitness Judy Romer said.
A Bible, a can of gasoline, knives, wire and duct tape were found in the attacker’s backpack. Police said the shooter had been identified as a man with a long criminal record.