News Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, kills himself

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  1. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man shot a security officer who later died, and then took his own life, at a federal office building in Lower Manhattan Friday, police said.

    As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, the shooting happened at 5:05 p.m. at the federal office building at 201 Varick St., at Houston Street.

    The suspect walked into the building and approached the metal detector at the security screening area, NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the security guard in the head, officials said.

    PHOTOS: Fatal Shooting At Varick Street Federal Building

    The suspect then walked through the metal detectors toward the elevator and approached another employee, O’Neill said. The suspect then shot himself in the head, O’Neill said.

    The suspect — identified as Kevin Downing, 68, of Fort Lee, New Jersey — was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The security officer — identified as Idrissa Camara, 53 — was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m. at Lenox Hill Hospital, sources told CBS News.

    The building houses a Department of Veterans Affairs office, a U.S. Post Office, The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, an Immigration Court, and other offices.

    Downing is a former federal employee and had once been employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller. There was also indication that he was a veteran, Miller said.

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    His residence in Fort Lee was secured, Miller said.

    Police said Camara was a private security officer who was shot was employed by the federal government. Camara worked for FJC Security Services and was represented by Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ.

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    “We are shocked and horrified at this terrible news and send our deepest condolences to Protective Officer Camara’s family. Security officers around the city and country serve on the front line each and every day to keep us safe and secure. We are heartbroken that one of our own has fallen,” the union said in a statement. “We hope some of our questions in the face of this terrible tragedy will be answered. For now, we are keeping Officer Camara’s family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”

    Camara was armed at the time of the shooting, FJC Security said. He had been scheduled to finish the day at 4 p.m., but had stayed on for extra duty.

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was on the scene Friday night after learning the officer was killed.

    “I hope to have the opportunity to express condolences to the family sometime this evening. It’s obviously a tragedy when anyone like this is killed in the line of duty,” Johnson said.

    Police were working closely with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other authorities to determine the suspect’s motive, O’Neill said. Police were also to determine whether the suspect had another target beyond the security officer, O’Neill said.

    There was no indication of any connections to terrorism, O’Neill said.

    There were no other suspects, and the building was secured after being placed on lockdown and later evacuated.
  2. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen New phone who dis? VIP

    Jan 16, 2012
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    White man kills likely immigrant.
  3. blckknight60

    blckknight60 Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2014
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    guess the race...