New York Police: ‘No threat to the public’ in armed confrontation with people outside the United Nations

The New York Police Department said there is no current threat to the public as social media posts show that authorities are in a confrontation with a man who appears to be carrying a rifle outside the United Nations building.

The department issued a traffic alert around 11 a.m. Thursday telling people they should avoid 42nd Street and First Avenue near the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan due to a “police investigation.”

At 1:15 p.m., the department tweeted that an investigation was underway: “There remains a threat to the public as NYPD cops work to ensure everyone’s safety.”

A man in a red jacket can be seen walking in front of the headquarters with what looks like a rifle in a video posted by freelance journalist Adila Masoud on Twitter around 12:15 pm.

Linda Schmidt, a FOX5-TV correspondent in New York, tweeted a video clip at approximately 12:15 p.m. showing a heavy police presence in the area, including a counter-terror unit.

CNN reported that the man, who may have been carrying a bag, was seen muttering to himself, and the bomb squad responded as a precaution.

No more information has been released.

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