Authorities say a man has been shot dead by police outside a New York City cathedral after Christmas carols ended a concert Sunday.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the hospital after a shooting outside St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan’s Morning Sight Heights, New York City Police Commissioner Dermat Shia told reporters.
Police found a bag belonging to the man that contained gasoline, rope, wire, several knives, a Bible and tape. He had two semi-automatic handguns, Shia said.
The cathedral’s annual Christmas caroling event, held in its front steps, erupted shortly before 4 p.m. It is not clear how many times the man fired, but three officers fired 15 shots and hit him in the head, Shia said.
Shia said he heard several witnesses say the man said, “Kill me.” The possible purpose was not immediately known.
Shia said there were no other reports of injuries. Additional details about the shooting were not immediately available.