NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A crowd gathered in Union Square Wednesday night to mourn the victims of the massacre of at least 12 people in a terror attack on a Paris newspaper.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects in the shooting surrendered to police in Paris late Wednesday New York time, while two more remained at large.
Hundreds of people were seen in Union Square, singing the French national anthem and holding images of the eyes of the victims and signs with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, or “I am Charlie,” referring to the Charlie Hebdo weekly that was attacked, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
“I think it’s amazing how quickly people rose up and are pushing back on this,” said Brian Borkowsky of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
“These guys just proved today that laughter has become a very dangerous job,” said French citizen Rick Therie.
Earlier in the day, police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the attack on the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper “very concerning.”
He said a detective assigned to Paris has been relaying information on the attack, allowing police here at home to monitor the incident.
“We will always err on the side of caution and fortunately we have the resources to do quite a lot, even without a direct threat,” Bratton said.
Since the attack, extra officers have been stationed at various locations throughout the city, including the French Consulate. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said the NYPD is taking precautions.
“We look at the critical response vehicles,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “These are the marked units at potentially sensitive or target locations. We redeploy them based on the world events or the particular threat stream of that moment.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a heinous terrorist attack” that was an attack on the news media and on freedom of expression.