Midtown, Manhattan-At approximately 7:00 AM today, police responded to a midtown construction site for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found a man shot on the 37 floor of of the site with a gunshot wound to his head.
Multiple officers have mobilized to conduct a search for the suspect. There is a perimeter being established; 57, 58 and 59 Streets are closed between 10th and 12th Avenues. The construction site where the shooting occurred has been evacuated. A large group of construction workers are standing on the street waiting to be allowed back in. NYPD Midtown North has warned the public to expect heavy delays if they are traveling through this area.
UPDATE: Around 8:45 AM, police found the suspect dead on the 5th floor of the construction site with a self inflicted gunshot wound. A 9 mm semi-auto pistol was found at the scene.
The suspect was identified by co-workers as Samuel Perry, 44. The victim is Christopher Sayers, 37. Sayers was Perry’s former foreman at the job site where he was recently laid off. A worker on scene who spoke to NBC News NY believed Perry was let go because there was already enough hands on the job, not because of any wrongdoing on his part.
It is unclear if Perry’s motivation for the shooting was being laid off, or if there was something else going on between him and his former boss.
According to police, Perry had a criminal record with 2 arrests for assault and one for burglary. His last arrest was in 2005.