Dramatic new photos show a couple hiding and police taking cover Sunday afternoon as a crazed gunman — who was later shot dead by cops — opened fire outside an Upper Manhattan cathedral.
The couple can be seen consoling each other next to a tree near Morningside Heights’ Cathedral of St. John the Divine as a 52-year-old man fired into the air from the top step of the famous church.
The photos, captured by a Reuters photographer, also show police cautiously approach the scene, some crouching behind garbage pails during the 3:45 p.m. chaos that unfolded just after an outdoor choir performance at the church.
One witness who attended the Christmas show, Jessica Mates, chief of staff to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, said roughly 30 people sought shelter inside the church when the shooting began.
“We heard one gunshot, people started running to the door to go in the church,” Mates said. “We heard more [shots] … you’re picturing the worst and don’t know what’s going on.”