A man was fatally shot by police on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral on Sunday after he began firing two semiautomatic handguns at the end of a Christmas choral concert, police said.
As per reports and police updates, the gunfire had begun little before 4 PM (local time) on Sunday almost immediately after an annual Christmas concert program, at the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
The concert, that was held at the cathedral steps concluded after 45 minutes. However, as the crowd reportedly of several hundred people began drifting away, the gunman started firing. It further triggered people running down Amsterdam Avenue reportedly screaming and diving to the sidewalk. No one besides the gunman was hurt in the incident, the detective, a sergeant and a police officer were able to shot the man after 15 rounds.
The gunman was reportedly engaged by the police officer and community affairs detective already at the scene along with the aid offered by closeby sergeant. New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea said at the news briefing several hours following the incident that between the three officers, at least 15 rounds were fired. The gunman was struck in the head and taken to a nearby hospital where he was reportedly pronounced dead.