Gunman Fatally Shoots Guard, Then Himself, at NYC Federal Building

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A man fatally shot an armed security officer at a federal building in lower Manhattan on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, then killed himself, a New York law enforcement official said. A man fatally shot an armed security officer at a federal building in lower Manhattan on Friday, August 21, 2015, then killed himself, a New York law enforcement official said. (Credit: Aaron Cooper/CNN)

A man fatally shot an armed security officer at a federal building in lower Manhattan on Friday, then killed himself, officials said.

James O’Neill, the NYPD’s chief of department, told reporters the man walked up to the metal detectors in the lobby and shot the guard at close range with a handgun.

The security company said the 53-year-old guard died at a hospital. FJC Security Services said Idrissa Camara had been scheduled to get off work an hour earlier but agreed to stay late.

“Camara, who was armed, was an extraordinary senior guard who was well-trained, cared deeply about his job and knew that building better than anyone else,” Michael McKeon, a spokesman for the security company, said in a written statement. “It’s clear from the facts that he never had a chance to defend himself in this instance.”

The gunman continued through the screening area, and came upon another employee near the elevators, police said

The man shot himself in the head. The employee, who is not a guard, was unhurt.

The building, with one entrance at 201 Varick Street, has a post office, a credit union and offices for the Department of Homeland Security.

There were no immediate details on the 68-year-old gunman’s identity.

O’Neill said there was no indication the incident was linked to terrorism. FJC Security said its search of company records found no connection between Camara and his killer.