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Gunman shot by police at NYC cathedral Christmas concert

Cathedral Shooting
Posted at 11:23 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 23:23:52-05

NEW YORK -- Police fatally shot a man on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral Sunday after he began firing two semiautomatic handguns at the end of a Christmas choral concert.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the gunman started firing from the top of the stairs just before 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

The identity of the gunman was not immediately released.

Shea said he had a lengthy criminal history and had a bag with a can of gasoline, rope, wire, knives and a Bible.