BREAKING: Gunman Kills Security Guard at Manhattan Federal Building, Then Kills Self [Video]


A gunman shot and killed a security guard at a federal building in Lower Manhattan Friday afternoon and then shot himself to death, officials said.


PHOTO: Aerial scene of a shooting at 201 Varick St. in New York City, Aug. 21, 2015.

Aaron Katersky ABC News reported:

The incident unfolded after the gunman walked into the lobby of the building on Varick Street around 5 p.m., Chief James O’Neill of the NYPD said.

As the gunman approached the metal detector, he immediately pulled out a gun and shot a security guard at close range, said O’Neill.

The gunman then went through the security area and, after he encountered another employee, he shot himself, O’Neill said. The gunman died at the scene.

The guard, a 53-year-old man, was rushed to Lenox Hill Healthplex in traumatic arrest and later died.

A police source said the shooter was a 68-year-old man from Fort Lee, New Jersey.


PHOTO: Aerial scene of a shooting at 201 Varick St. in New York City, Aug. 21, 2015.

It appeared there were no other suspects and the building was secure, O’Neill said. There is no indication of terrorism, he added.

Police are working with federal authorities to determine the motive, O’Neill said.

The FBI and NYPD were also trying to determine if the victim was targeted.

The building houses, among other things, a post office and immigration court.

This is a developing story.



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