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Security guard shot and killed by gunman who then shot himself

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A security guard was killed at a Manhattan federal building Friday after a gunman opened fire there before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

According to police, 68-year-old Kevin Downing walked into the federal building, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, and started firing. A military veteran from New Jersey, police say Downing shot Idrissa Camara, 53, to death.

“The [suspect] walks in the door, goes into the security line, pulls out a gun,” an official said.

The private security guard was killed in the gunfire, officials said. A short time later, he shot and killed himself.

Authorities aren’t sure about a motive for the shooting yet — in part because Downing did not have a prior criminal record.

“It’s going to take a while to figure out the motive,” one law enforcement official said.

A security guard and shooter have died after a shooting inside a federal building located at 201 Varick Street in Manhattan. Screen shot from video.
A security guard and shooter have died after a shooting inside a federal building located at 201 Varick Street in Manhattan. Screen shot from video.

The New York City Police Department and FBI will investigate the case, The New York Times reported. Officials said it doesn’t appear the shooting is terror-related. Police also aren’t certain whether Downing knew Camara.

The federal building where the shooting occurred primarily handles immigration matters, the Los Angeles Times reported, although it’s not yet know whether that factored into the incident.

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