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'Everybody is in shock': New York City Christmas concert ends with police shooting gunman on cathedral steps

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'Everybody is in shock': New York City Christmas concert ends with police shooting gunman on cathedral steps

Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — A Christmas choral concert in New York City ended in horror as police fatally shot a man who had opened fire with semiautomatic handguns on the steps of a noted Manhattan cathedral Sunday.

The gunshots rang out Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and concert goers were sent fleeing and taking cover in the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

A police officer and detective were already at the church when the shots rang out and responded immediately, and another police sergeant at a nearby hospital responded as well, said New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. The officers fired 15 shots at the man, Shea said.

"It is by the grace of God today" that no bystanders were shot, Shea added.

Shea said authorities recovered two guns and bag that contained a can of gasoline, rope, knives, a bible and tape. While police did not immediately release the man's name, Shea said he had a lengthy criminal history.

Witnesses told police that the man shouted "kill me" as he shot.

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