NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man shot a security officer who later died, and then took his own life, at a federal office building in the Hudson Square area Friday, police said.
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, the shooting happened at 5:05 p.m., in the West Houston Street entrance to the federal office building at 201 Varick St.
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.
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 HealthPlex, police said.
Another federal security officer witnessed the slaying, and was escorted past the crime scene.