NYPD Body Cam Video Of Deadly Christmas Concert Shooting Released

The NYPD released body camera video Friday showing the deadly shooting on the steps of a Catholic church following a Christmas celebration.

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- The NYPD has released body-camera video showing the deadly shooting on the steps of a Catholic church following a Christmas celebration.

[GUNSHOT]

- (SHOUTING) Drop the gun! Drop the gun!

- Police say, on December 13, around 3:00 in the afternoon, 52-year-old Luis Vasquez was waiting on line to get inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights when he started shooting into the air. The crowd that gathered all ran, some taking cover behind cars.

When Vasquez refused to drop his weapons, officers opened fire, killing him. Detectives do not believe that he was targeting anyone but say that he may have wanted to end his life by police gunfire.