Security guard, gunman dead after federal building shooting

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Security Officer, Suspect Killed In Shooting Outside NYC Federal Building

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a security guard has died after a man walked into a federal building in Manhattan and opened fire.

The guard, identified by his union as Idrisa Camara, died shortly after the shooting Friday evening.

Police say the gunman walked through a side entrance of the building that houses an immigration court and other government offices.

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Police officers work at the scene of a shooting at a federal building, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. A man walked into the building in Manhattan and opened fire before turning the gun on himself, police said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Officers work at the scene following a shooting at a federal building, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. Police said a man walked into the building and opened fire before shooting himself. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Police officers work at the scene following a shooting at a federal building, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. A man walked into the building in Manhattan and opened fire before turning the gun on himself, police said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Police officers stand at the door where a gunman entered a federal building, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. A man walked into the building in Manhattan and opened fire before turning the gun on himself, police said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Police gather outside a federal building following a shooting Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. Police said a man walked into the building and opened fire before shooting himself. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police arrive at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police arrive at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police arrive at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police arrive at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police cordon off the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police cordon off the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police put up crime tape at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police cordon off the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police arrive at the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Police cordon off the scene in lower Manhattan where two people were shot at the Federal Immigration Court on August 21, 2015 in New York City. One man was killed and another injured in the late afternoon shooting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Chief James O'Neil says the gunman later shot himself in the head. He was found dead in the building.

A law enforcement official identified the shooter as Kevin Downing, of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

Police say a motive for the shooting remains unclear.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A man walked into a federal building in New York City late Friday afternoon and opened fire, wounding a security guard in the head, before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The unidentified man died in the building in Manhattan, police said.

The man walked through a side entrance of the building around 5 p.m. and shot the security guard in the head, New York Police Department Chief James O'Neil said. The man then walked through the security area and headed to an elevator, where he encountered another employee, O'Neil said. The man then shot himself in the head.

The guard was taken to a hospital; his condition was not immediately known.

Police said the motive for the shooting remained unclear.

The federal office building on Varick Street houses an immigration court, passport processing center and a regional office for the Department of Labor. The guard had a weapon but it doesn't appear he was able to fire, according to police.

O'Neil, speaking at a news conference at the scene, said it appeared the shooter acted alone. He said nothing gave police any reason to believe the shooting was terrorist-related.

Employees at the building said they were told to get down on the ground when the shots rang out. A short time later, the building was placed on lockdown and then evacuated.

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