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Bronx man with criminal history identified as Christmas concert shooter

The man that police fatally shot on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Devine on Sunday has been identified as a Bronx man who had previously fired shots at police officers decades ago.

News 12 Staff

Dec 15, 2020, 6:05 PM

Updated 1,285 days ago

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The man that police fatally shot on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Devine on Sunday has been identified as a Bronx man with a criminal history. 
Police say Luis Manuel Vasquez Gomez, who lived on East 176 Street, began firing two semiautomatic handguns at the end of a Christmas choral concert just before 4 p.m.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said he had a bag with a can of gasoline, rope, wire, knives and a Bible with him.
The New York Times reports that Gomez shouted, “Kill me” at officers who were stationed at the event. He was eventually shot dead on the steps of the church.
Gomez had prior arrests for attempted murder in 1990 and criminal possession of a controlled substance in 1989.


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