When an outdoor Christmas concert in upper Manhattan turned deadly on a warm Sunday afternoon, a Reuters photographer recorded the violent scene and its aftermath.
Jeenah Moon, based in New York, was assigned to document a holiday music concert on the steps of a historic Episcopal cathedral on Amsterdam Avenue and West 113th Street, held in the fresh air because of coronavirus restrictions. The performance ended and audience members were milling about, hoping for a chance to see inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the world's second-largest Anglican cathedral.
About quarter of an hour after the music ended, the performers and most of the audience had either gone inside the church or left, when Moon heard a bang.
"I thought it might be a gunshot but I thought maybe a flat tire... I heard the faint sound, very quickly, three seconds, boom, boom, boom. I didn't know how close. I thought it (might) be a few blocks away."
"It was happening maybe two to three times, and someone shouted out, 'Gun!"
Several minutes after the incident began, the gunman was shot dead by police, who said they recovered a bag apparently belonging to the suspect that contained a can of gasoline, rope, wire, several knives, a Bible and tape. No-one else was injured in the incident.
"My heart was beating so fast. This is my first experience with this kind of situation but I was lucky, on the side, so I (was) out of sight," Moon said. "He was talking straight at the NYPD so I was able to move around, hiding."
Recalling the events the next day, Moon compared it to an action movie.
"I feel a little numb," she said. "That was my first time to see a dead body."