NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for more than four decades, was captured and killed Thursday after his hometown of Sirte fell to revolutionary forces.

Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril informed the U.S. that Gadhafi was killed after numerous reports of his capture and death spread around the world.

The reports are still hazy, but Gadhafi was apparently beaten and shot with a pistol. He reportedly bled to death and a local doctor said he died of two bullet wounds to the head and chest, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.

“This is a momentous day in the history of Libya,” President Barack Obama said. “The Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gadhafi’s dictatorship.”

“This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya,” Obama said. “You have won your revolution.”

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Capture And Death Of Moammar Gadhafi

Lawmakers in the Tri-State area reacted to news of Gadhafi’s death.

“This is a fitting end to a mass murderer,” Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said.

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack With Rep. Peter King

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez told 1010 WINS that the U.S.  needs to work with other countries to help Libya forms its new government.

“The United States needs to be engaged with the Transitional National Council which is the ruling entity as of this moment to ensure that we end up with a all-inclusive democratic and secular government as this day moves forward,” Menendez said. “Hopefully the United States will once again lead in making sure that success turns into a successful venture of having a democratic and secular government, which will be no small challenge in Libya because for over four decades all they have known is a dictatorship.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Mayor Bloomberg

“You know, I think you have to hope that the people of Libya can pull together and create a functioning government that’s open to everyone and build for the future,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The mayor added that they have enormous oil reserves, but they are going to have a tough time after all of this fighting in building a democratic system of government. He added that if the United States can help them, we probably should.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs With Rep. Steve Israel

Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island says the death of Gadhafi is a good thing.

“He was a tyrant. He was a dictator. He was a tyrant and a dictator who was threatening the United States and his departure is a good thing for our country, a good thing for our world, as was the departure of Osama bin Laden,” Israel told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Rep. Israel says that as long as Gadhafi was alive, there was the potential for greater instability in Libya.

Family members of the Pan Am flight 103 bombing victims are also speaking out.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With Family Reaction

Gadhafi was alleged to be behind the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people, 259 on board and 11 on the ground, as the flight flew over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In 2003, Libya took responsibility for the bombing, agreeing to pay up to $10 million to relatives of each victim.

Bert Ammerman, whose brother Thomas Joseph Ammerman was among those killed, told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane that today may be the most satisfying day he’s had in 24 years.

“I’ve said over and over again over the 24 years that I’ve lived a Tom Clancy novel in what has taken place, where I’ve been, what we’ve been involved in,” he said. “Never once did our government really step forward and say ‘this is what we’re going to do for you.’ It was always pressure, embarrassment, pressure, pressure.”

Susan Cohen, the mother of 20-year-old Theodora Cohen, spoke with about Gadhafi’s capture Thursday morning.

“He was an absolute tyrant and monster and so today I feel, if the news is true, it’s glorious and I’m going to drink a bottle of champagne and celebrate his death,”she said.

“I wish that he could die a thousand deaths, that would be justice to me,” Joan Dater, whose daughter Gretchen one of 35 Syracuse University students killed in the Lockerbie bombing, told CBS 2’s Jay Dow.

Dater said says relief comes with the death of a dictator, but not closure. Seeking justice for her daughter, Dater protested outside the United Nations, while Gadhafi was inside for his infamous, rambling speech in 2009.

“He exposed himself for who he is — a madman,” Dater told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin. “The world could see how crazy he is.”

Dater said real relief for her only comes with both Gadhafi dead and convicted bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi back in prison.

Footage and images quickly surfaced of a man resembling the 69-year-old Gadhafi lying dead or severely wounded, bleeding from the head and stripped to the waist as fighters rolled him over on the pavement.

Gadhafi’s body was then taken to the nearby city of Misrata, which Gadhafi’s forces besieged for months in one of the bloodiest fronts of the civil war.

It was in Misrata back in April where two Brooklyn photojournalists were killed in Libya while covering the fighting between Gadhafi’s forces and rebels.

Some television footage was shown of Gadhafi’s bloodied body being carried on the top of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting, “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.”

Gadhafi has had a controversial history with our area, especially during his visits to the United Nations.

In Sept. 2009, Gadhafi reportedly rented out Donald Trump’s estate in Bedford to set up a tent city while in the New York City area to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

The tents were later dismantled after the town of Bedford claimed the tents violated code.

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2009 photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shows a torn copy of the UN Charter during his address to the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Trump Organization had said that Trump hadn’t rented the property to the Libyan leader but said part of the estate “was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Gadhafi.”

The news of his death reached Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Afghanistan Thursday. She appeared overjoyed when she got the news on her Blackberry that Gadhafi had been killed, clearing the way for a new government.

Speaking with CBS News from Afghanistan Thursday morning, Clinton said if the news were true, it would be a significant development in Libya.

Clinton visited Tripoli on Tuesday to offer support for the rebels and tell them the United States would help them establish a democracy and get rid of the numerous deadly weapons around the country, including surface to air missiles capable of taking down an airliner.

Celebratory gunfire and cries of  “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” rang out across the capital Tripoli. Cars honked their horns and people hugged each other. In Sirte, the ecstatic former rebels celebrated the city’s fall after weeks of bloody siege by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem.

Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Moammar Gadhafi's capture on October 20, 2011. (Photo credit: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya’s new leaders had said they would declare the country’s “liberation” after the fall of Sirte. The Misrata Military Council, one of the command groups, said its fighters captured Gadhafi. Another commander, Abdel-Basit Haroun, says Gadhafi was killed when the airstrike hit the fleeing convoy.

PHOTOS: Four Decades Of Moammar Gadhafi

One fighter who said that the final fight took place at an opulent compound for visiting dignitaries built by Gadhafi’s regime. Adel Busamir said the convoy tried to break out but after being hit it turned back and re-entered the compound. Several hundred fighters assaulted.

“We found him there,” Busamir said. “We saw them beating him (Gadhafi) and someone shot him with a 9mm pistol — then they took him away.”

Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani in Tripoli told Al-Jazeera TV, “I can assure everyone in Libya that Gadhafi has been killed for sure and I’m definitely sure and I reassure everyone that this story has ended and this book has closed.”

But rather than a strike on the convoy, he said a wounded Gadhafi “tried to resist (revolutionary forces) so they took him down.”

The caution in making a definitive announcement came because past reports of Gadhafi family deaths or captures have later proven incorrect, even after they were announced by officials.

During his reign, he delighted in angering foreign leaders. After a 1986 bombing that killed U.S. servicemen in Berlin, Ronald Regan called him a “mad dog.” Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said Gadhafi was “mentally sick.”

He was also notorious for wearing extravagant outfits, ranging from white suits and sunglasses to brilliantly colored robes. But behind the flamboyance and showmanship, associates say he was meticulous in managing the levers of power.

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Comments (26)
  1. BubbaDaKang says:

    When injustice becomes law,resistance becomes duty.-Thomas Jefferson can lead the ignorant to the water, but you can’t make them think. I totally understand that its easier to just believe what is, is right just because its in place and you don’t want to leave your comfort zone. I get that I often times wish I could join you in your ignorance, but its hard when things are just becoming blatantly transparent that something is just not right with what we’re being spoon fed.what gave this MOVEMENT more merit than any of the other atrocities and genocides that have taken place in some of the other resource poor countries on the same continent, were the lybians more deserving of “DEMOCRACY” than the rest of the poor saps that were slaughtered for profit on the dark continent. That word DEMOCRACY has been thrown around by our leaders here quite a bit in the last decade,as a means to oust any countries leader who doesn’t sit well with the U.S. We ourselves are lacking in the democracy department…in fact there’s no mention of the word in our constitution…go figure…democracy means rule of the masses or majority…as a democracy would we have supported corporate bail outs or companies that have outsourced millions of jobs for cheap labor over seas. Please look beyond your noses how have we become so insensitive that we celebrate a man being killed like a dog..albeit he was half a world away,the U.S. Is making it policy to kill people who don’t agree with their ideology..and has gained public support through the mass media…my only worry is who’s next, domestic dissenters??

  2. bullett says:

    My reaction to the death of Moammar Gadhafi, who’s next on the list that America or the U.N. wants ousted? Next question, if and when Libya has a new regime, how will they be accepted, and how soon before the oil spigots and trade resumes?

  3. Edward Anthony says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how he was more of a threat to our country than that gullible sissy Tai dai Israel is. Someone should take and shake the crap out of that pathetic sissy and see what a dysfunctional low level government official is all about. .

  4. DanTe says:

    This is a good start towards the eradication of the disease called islam.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of Hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (muslime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and then lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will write that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But then conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide muslime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.



  6. xixiaoxin says:

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  7. USA in turmoil says:

    Kim Kardashian is heading for divorce now what are we to do.

  8. CV says:

    This was all a farse. I hope those few libyian who worked with the CIA to murder Brother Gadhafi will pay for the betrayal of a good man whos character was assassinated by US propaganda. People look up all the good this man has done for Libya. If he was such a tyrant why was he for the people. He wanted what was best for his country and people.

    1. cat on a hot tin roof says:

      He’s probably in Argentina living it up with Bin Laden at Adolph’s old place.

    2. Ed Addison says:

      Bull! He was only about him, himself, and he. Glad his people took his sorry ass out. He died like the coward he was.

  9. Meme Meyagi says:

    …what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?…

  10. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?…

  11. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  12. BubbaDaKang says:

    And now the world rejoices!!! At the death of a “tyrant” shame on us all for being so sheepish what do we truly know about anything outside of our homeland…aside from all of the reliable opinionated news beamed into our idiot boxes from very trustworthy sources who would never construe facts to keep the sheep in the fences…well I’m happy for the lybians they can now look forward to McDonalds,mini malls,porn, and the wonders of credit!!!! the name of democracy(a form of gov. Which the U.S. Has never had by the way) a tyrant has been killed and once the Black Flower of Civilization is in full bloom in yet another nation shall be free of one oppressor and enslaved by globalization and the worlds banking systems halalueja!!!! And that brother is progress

      1. James says:

        exactly you hit the head on the nail right there.

    1. bullett says:

      Remember Gordon Gecko said “Greed is good”!

  13. steffi says:

    He’s got a lot of explaining to do. GOD sees everything. Like to see how he is going to talk his way out of this. Just hope the muslims terrorists don’t take over the goverment.

  14. DD says:

    Tyrants ANYWHERE, even within our OWN Government should take NOTICE!

  15. . says:

    by the amount of the comments on here me gets the feeling nobody gives a flying f…. this country should start worrying about itself instead of some 3rd rate country

  16. Schmellma Arss says:

    Have you seen the latest employment figures? No jobs at Apple.

    1. CT Native says:

      What the hell does THIS have to do with Moammar Gadhafi?

      1. Kildee Moolies says:

        Up yours bozo!

        1. Jxx says:

          That’s quite an image.

  17. Gadhafi’s death marked the exit of a tyrant.

  18. Ken Deo Ken Deo says:

    uh oh

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