Manhattan, New York, has seen a number of unrelated incidents this month. Firstly there was the suicide of a man on August 8th. The man from Florida jumped to his death from the roof of the exclusive Peninsula Hotel on 5th Avenue.
The following day on the 9th August, police shot a man in Times Square. The man had been wielding a knife, threatening the public and police officers. Police tried using pepper spray to stop him, but were unsuccessful. Police said he wiped the pepper spray off his face despite being sprayed six times, and they described his behaviour as “wild”. Police then opened fire on 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy killing him.
And finally there has been the shooting at the Empire State Building, where a man shot an ex-colleague over a work place dispute, before being shot by police himself. However, before police were able to shoot the gunman, Jeffery Johnson, he was able to wound at least nine other people.
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