So the cops complied and killed him.
He was in front of a Cathedral in NYC during a “socially distanced” open air performance choral performance.
Bonus question: why is no one asking why it’s mandatory to socially distance in cases like this but no one cares that the people showing up arrived in packed subway cars inside packed subway stations (or buses, or trains.)
The footage, taken by married father-of-one Steven Wilson, shows the as-yet unidentified shooter at the top of steps leading to St John the Divine Cathedral, while concert-goers hide behind a street lamp and on the sidewalk.
The man can be heard shouting ‘kill me’ repeatedly while also making reference to a lawyer as he fires several shots into the air using pistols gripped in each hand.
One officer crouched behind a nearby trash can orders the man to drop his weapons several times, before opening fire on him as he hides behind a pillar in front of the cathedral’s entrance.
A second officer then moves up and opens fire. At one point, they seem to hit the gunman in the shoulder which he can be seen clutching moments before an officer fires the fatal shot, which appears to hit him in the head.
Police can then be seen rushing bystanders to safety, before more officers arrive and advance up the steps to where the gunman is lying motionless. Officers kick his weapons away, before ambulances arrive.
More footage then reveals how the man was strapped to a stretcher, before being taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nobody else was injured during the shooting.
The shooting happened around 3.45pm on Sunday, as around 200 people gathered in front of the cathedral for an open-air Christmas carol concert.
Mr Wilson wrote: ‘We just attended a lovely Christmas event at St John the Divine, an outdoor concert.
‘Just after the show ended, a shooter appeared and started firing shots. It went on for what seemed like a long time, but it was probably a few minutes. The cops took him out, thank goodness.
‘I took this video. Once my wife, daughter, my sister-in-law, who’s 8.5 months pregnant, her husband, my sister-in-law , and another five or so strangers were safely hiding behind Hope’s car, I figured that I should take a video of this thing that could have been far worse than just the shooter getting shot and killed.’
Mark D. Levine, a city councilman who represents the district where the church is located, said the gunman appeared to be mentally ill and climbed scaffolding of the church before firing ‘indiscriminately in the air’.
Police said the man was wearing a backpack that was later found to contain a full can of gasoline, rope, wire, multiple knives, a Bible and tape