A woman was shot to death by a boyfriend on a street in the Financial District of Manhattan this morning in what police are now saying was a murder suicide in broad daylight Monday morning, police officials said.
At 9:19 a.m. on Oct. 26, officers from the 1st Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting in the vicinity of Greenwich Street and Morris Street next to the Rector Street entrance to the subway under a scaffolding.
When they arrived, cops found a 40-year-old woman had been shot twice in the head at the location and a 46-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. Officials said both were unconscious at the scene.
The woman was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives found the firearm used in the shooting next to the man after he apparently shot himself at close range. Police are now confirming this to be an apparent murder-suicide.
The identities of the two deceased victims were not immediately available.
Streets around the scene were closed for hours as police continued their investigation, though police say it appears the story is conclusive. The motive for the shooting is not immediately known.
Construction workers planting flowers across the street near the Hugh Carey Tunnel said they rushed over and saw the woman who they said already appeared dead from her wounds.
“All of a sudden, we heard boom boom, and then another boom,” one worker said. “When we got over there, the woman who appeared to be Asian and disheveled, looked like she was gone. He seemed to still be breath.”