NEW YORK (AP) – The United Nations headquarters in New York was locked down for hours on Thursday after a man was seen walking past one of its main gates with what police said appeared to be was a shotgun.
The man, who was in his 60s, was taken into custody without incident around 1:30 pm, about three hours after police said he was first spotted near a checkpoint on Manhattan’s First Avenue.
During the confrontation, the man held an object aimed at his throat, possibly a firearm. The gate on the fence surrounding the UN compound was closed, and it appears that the man was not trying to breach the security perimeter. The police said there was no danger to the population.
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Initially, people at UN headquarters were ordered to take shelter in place, but later they were allowed to move around the complex and come and go through other entrances. The UN General Assembly and Security Council were at the meeting on Thursday.
UN spokesman Stefan Dujarrik said in a statement: “We thank the NYPD for their quick response to the incident and we are in contact with them while they investigate.” Dujarrik said there was no previous “any indication” that the person was a current or former UN employee.
Details, including criminal charges, were not immediately available.