UN building on lockdown, man with gun outside

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – A U.N. headquarters buiding in Manhattan was on lockdown on Wednesday as New York City police officers responded to a situation outside the entrance to the compound, a spokesperson for the world body said following media reports of a man with a gun.

Live news video showed a man with an apparent shotgun pointed at his neck and a heavy police presence outside the fence around the compound on Manhattan’s East Side.

Police were trying to establish a dialogue with the man, who appeared to be his 60s, and the situation was still active, a Police Department spokesman said.

Traffic was being diverted from the area, the department tweeted.

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Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Katharine Jackson; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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Source: Reuters

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