NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Guests at the five-star Gramercy Park Hotel were greeted by storms of police Tuesday evening, after a guest’s Facebook Live video sparked terror concerns.

Four people were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

“I’m scared, of course I’m scared,” one woman said.

As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, frightened and confused guests were greeted by a massive police presence as they arrived at the swanky hotel, at 2 Lexington Ave. at East 22nd Street. Two blocks were closed off as officers swarmed the building.

“Quite shocked,” said hotel guest Alicia Camart. “We saw a lot of activities; cops around. As soon as we wanted to get into the hotel, I heard something about a gun.”

Police were called around 4:15 p.m. for a report of a threat, the NYPD said.

Security responded to the room in question – Room 1112, sources said. The security officers found the room to be occupied and heard voices inside say, “Be careful, you don’t want to get shot,” sources said.

Security called the NYPD 13th Precinct. The Emergency Services Unit and an anti-terrorism unit responded, forced open the door, and took the four people in the room into custody without incident, sources said.

A man was seen in handcuffs outside the hotel, and a woman was seen in the back of a squad car.

Police said the firearms were actually BB guns. It is not illegal to have a BB gun, but it is illegal to commit a crime with one or use it a threatening manner, sources noted.

The heavy response to the scene was a precaution, sources said. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the room, sources said.

Brian Newman, whose band plays at the hotel bar every week, saw the commotion.

“I came around 6 o’clock and I heard somebody say, ‘Don’t go near there,’” Newman said, “then I made a call down here and they said everything was fine. It was just a misunderstanding and you know, some kids fooling around.”

But police were not taking anything lightly. Guests said their response was justified.

“We live in New York,” Newman said. “I mean, you see that kind of stuff all the time, you know what I mean? But it’s good to see that kind of reaction and that kind of quickness from the Police Department.”

The people who were apprehended were being questioned late Tuesday. No charges had been filed, police said.

Comments (25)
  1. Nisha Singh says:

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  2. What a bunch of New Yuck weenies.

  3. So why did the cops rush in?
    Owning bb guns (or even actual arms) is legal still, right? New York is still in the USA, right?

  4. Jill Johns says:

    this marxist-racist and all those that identify or sympathize with him must be annihilated, period.

    they are satanic puppets, mind-conditioned marxists, they do not know nor can anymore understand or reason, the difference between truth and lies. their minds are so corrupted and co-opted that their minds are not even their own anymore- their minds are satan’s mind. The guy should have been locked up, if the doctors were at all competent they would have concluded that this guy is insane. But, the doctors are most likely also marxist=satanic drones, so they would only see themselves in him. ANNIHILATION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION IN THIS TIME OF EVIL. Kill them before they kill US.

  5. Lulua Mahalo says:

    To all the Monday morning quarterbacks here…How are the police to know they were BB guns prior to investigating?

    The NYPD did exactly what I would hope they would do…there are bad peeps planning to take us out.

  6. Pat Geiger says:

    Confusing. Who saw the live feed and alerted the cops??

  7. Again a bunch of POS pigs out of control.

  8. Uh. If you actually read this article. You will see that these people were not breaking any laws. BB guns are legal. Drug paraphanalia is legal.

    What is the problem?

  9. And, if something had happened, the people commenting above would immediately say, “Why couldn’t we have prevented this terror attack? Where is the FBI, NSA, CIA, HLS, NYPD?” So, until more is reported, I think you need to think.

  10. And real crime goes on and up.

  11. Take a page from the California playbook, New York. Secede!! We don’t need your whiny, cowardly, feckless, spineless, liberal, progressive, snowflake culture in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

  12. Marc Pope says:

    wow, what an over-reaction. whats wrong with knocking on the door and talking to them like normal people?

    1. I guess the fear that they might be ‘normal people ‘ peacefully practicing their religion of peace and about to enact the ritual which gets you 72 Virgins – or raisins…

    1. Yup, every damn one of those storm troopers in blue belong in jail or worse, for violating these peoples rights.

  13. ‘Land of the Free’?
    Definitely not the ‘home of the Brave’.

  14. Question: how did the police discover the “Live Stream Of Firearms?” Do hotels monitor guest’s internet use? Who is checking up on guests? How?

  15. OMG, OMG IT’S A BB GUN!. Elsewhere in every other part of the country, no one would give a damn.

  16. Steve Frank says:

    What kind of BS is this??? I travel to NY all the time with a loaded gun… WE HAVE A SECOND AMENDMENT you know!!!!! What’s the problem here???

  17. so to recap no law was broken only a bb gun was found but after almost killing them in a swat raid you arrested them anyway and are holding them without charges while you find a way to coerce them to sign a waiver.
    And this is but one price we pay for diversity

  18. Bill Meyer says:

    Land of the sheep, home of the scared…Please, please, please, government agents with more rights than me (your supposed boss and employer) protect me from everyone who might scare me exercising a constitutional right with YOUR guns. (Re-posting due to typo, this site doesn’t allow editing, thanks)

  19. Bill Meyer says:

    Land of the sheep, home of the scared…Please, please, please, government agents with more rights than me (your supposed boss and employer) protect me from everyone who might scare me by exercise a constitutional right with YOUR guns.

  20. Grizz Mann says:

    Was Allahu Akbar heard from the room?

    1. No, they were talking about the Aloha Snackbar.

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