Gunman kills two New York police officers

Gunman kills two New York police officers

Gunman kills two New York police officers

Written by Ranee Mohamed

21 Dec, 2014 | 11:11 am

A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself

The head of the New York police said the men had been “targeted for their uniform”.

The gunman ran into a nearby subway station where he then shot himself, officials say.

Earlier, the attacker shot and injured his ex-girlfriend and had posted anti-police messages on social media.

The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said anyone who saw postings indicating a threat to the police should report them to the authorities. The “whole city was in mourning” after the shootings, he said.

The shootings come at a time when New York city police are facing intense scrutiny for their tactics, the BBC’s Samira Hussein reports from New York.

 Earlier this month, a grand jury did not indict any New York police department officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man who died when white police officers tried to arrest him for selling cigarettes.

The decision sparked protests in New York and other cities across the US.

A policeman wipes a tear off his face after the shooting of two officers in New YorkA police officer could be seen wiping tears from his eyes at the scene of the shooting
A police officer guards the shooting scene in New York, 20 DecemberThere was a heavy police presence in the area following the shooting
A police officer guards the shooting scene in New York, 20 DecemberIt is the first time a New York police officer has been shot in three years
Police at the scene of the shooting in New York, 20 DecemberPolice and city alik

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