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Shoppers in crowded Home Depot store in Manhattan flee murder-suicide

Posted at 7:56 PM, Jan 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-25 19:56:20-05

NEW YORK — Shoppers crowded into a Manhattan Home Depot store to prepare for an anticipated snowstorm streamed into the streets Sunday afternoon after an employee shot a store manager and then himself, according to NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.

The 38-year-old manager, who was shot in an aisle of the store, was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Ryan said.

The shooter, a 31-year-old male worker at the store, was not scheduled to work when he came in, Ryan said. The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the NYPD.

Police recovered a .38-caliber revolver at the scene, Ryan said.

Police did not speculate on a motive for the shooting, noting that the incident is still under investigation.

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Emergency responders surrounded a Home Depot in the Flat Iron District on Jan. 25, 2015, after receiving calls that gunfire erupted in the store. (Photo: Sam Dwyer)