So, last week I’m walking down Broadway in Manhattan in the middle of the afternoon and I see tons of police cars swarming in and going down a side street. They started roping off the area and screaming at everybody to “CLEAR OUT NOW! BACK AWAY NOW!”. Um…ok. Jaded New Yorkers (like me) took one baby step back – and then I hear a girl on the phone saying that there is a guy waving a gun and they think he has hostages. Then I heard the helicopters come in, plus more emergency vehicles. They even backed the Mr. Softee truck off the street. Then they made everybody move back even further, so I left. But not before getting this shot. Notice the guys in SWAT gear on the left.
What happened? A man was apparently fed up with the construction and scaffolding outside of his window – so he got out his gun and threatened the construction workers. Then he locked himself inside and because they didn’t know who else was in there with him (nobody), they all started thinking he had hostages. They made everybody stay in their buildings and off the street for hours while they negotiated with him to come out (in a pair of Daisy Dukes).
I’m thinking that too much hammering Warped his mind.
Meh. It’s still one of the safest large cities in the world. Keep calm and carry on.