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.
Close look. Armed in red ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/N0Y5oG9Ar2
– Adla Massoud (@Adlamassoud) December 2, 2021
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.
#Breaking news NYPD Counterterrorism arrives at East 42nd St & 2nd Ave as NYPD continues to speak to a man with a rifle rushing past the UN #nypd #United nations # pistol @fox5ny #nyc pic.twitter.com/4vUeMRI9Eu
– Linda Schmidt (@LSchmidtFox5) December 2, 2021
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.