• Shots were fired inside building on corner of Houston and Varick Street
  • Private security guard was shot before suspect shot himself in the head
  • Gunman identified as 68-year-old veteran from Fort Lee, New Jersey
  • Kevin Downing was terminated in 1999 from his job as an economist at the Department of Labor for ‘blowing the whistle on a pork barrel project’
  • Homeland Security officials were at his New Jersey home on Friday night
  • Building has regional offices for Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs 
  • NYPD chief: ‘At this point there is no indication of a nexus to terrorism’
  • Idrissa Camara, 53, had agreed to stay for ‘extra duty’ at building on Friday

A gunman walked into the lobby of a federal building in lower Manhattan’s early on Friday evening and shot a security guard before fatally shooting himself in the head, according to reports.

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The private security guard, 53, was shot in the head and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital after the shooting in the lobby of 201 Varick Street shortly after 5pm on Friday.

The guard, who police said was armed but unable to return fire, went into cardiac arrest after being shot and died en route to Lenox Hill Hospital.

No other suspects are being sought.

The shooter has been identified as Kevin Downing and the security guard was identified by two officials as Idrissa Camara, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The 68-year-old shooter, who was from Fort Lee, New Jersey, went through the metal detector and advanced towards the elevators in the building.

The shooter has been identified as Kevin DowningHe encountered another employee and then shot himself with his handgun. Three guns were found near his dead body. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security were at his home on Friday night.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller said Downing had once been employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and there was also an indication that he was a veteran, according to CBS New York.

Camara was employed by a private company and was not a federal employee. He was already working at 201 Varick when FJC Security Services took over the contract there. FJC Security Services spokesman Michael McKeon said: ‘Camara, who was armed, was an extraordinary Senior Guard who was well trained, cared deeply about his job and knew that building better than anyone else.  ‘It’s clear from the facts that he never had a chance to defend himself in this instance.’ He had volunteered for extra duty at the building and should have gone home at 4pm.  McKeon said there was no connection between Downing and FJC Security. Hector Figueroa, the president of a union representing security officers, said: ‘Security officers around the city and country serve on the front line each and every day to keep us safe and secure.  ‘We are heartbroken that one of our own has fallen.’

Source: DailyMail.co.uk

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