Gunman kills security guard in New York City federal building
NEW YORK — A gunman slipped through a side door of a federal building in Manhattan late Friday afternoon and shot a security guard in the head, killing him, before turning the weapon on himself, police said.
Detectives are investigating what prompted the shooting of FJC Security Services guard Idrissa Camara, 53. The shooter had no apparent ties to the company, FJC said in a statement.
Kevin Downing, of Fort Lee, N.J., entered through a side entrance of the building on Varick Street that houses an immigration court, passport processing center and a regional office for the Department of Labor, a law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
He shot Camara at close range, then walked through the screening area and headed toward an elevator where he encountered another employee, then shot himself in the head, said James O’Neill, a chief with the New York Police Department. Downing was pronounced dead at the scene.
It appears the gunman acted alone, and O’Neill said there was no indication the shooting was terrorism.
Camara, 53, was supposed to have gotten off work at 4 p.m. but agreed to stay on for an extra shift, FJC Security Services said. He was pronounced dead in a nearby hospital.
The senior guard was armed, but he never had a chance to defend himself, according to the company.
“Camara … was an extraordinary Senior Guard who was well trained, cared deeply about his job and knew that building better than anyone else,” said Michael McKeon, a spokesman for the security company.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. We intend to do everything we can to stand with them during this very difficult time.”