“I’ve had some tough days in my life, and some very tough days in City Hall. But I don’t think I’ve had as tough a day in 61 years as today,” Mayor Bloomberg said, according to ABC 7.
ABC 7 also reports: “According to other council members, Davis had been introducing Askew around as someone who had been his opponent, but was now pledging support to Davis.”
The New York Times, too, is now calling Askew “a political opponent” instead of “apparently a political rival.” The Times elaborates:
Investigators said the killing might have stemmed from a simmering political dispute between Councilman Davis, 41, of Brooklyn, and the gunman, Othniel Askew, 31, who had planned to challenge Mr. Davis this fall for his seat representing central Brooklyn in the Council.
Mr. Askew had been able to slip his gun into City Hall by accompanying the councilman, who did not have to pass through metal detectors, officials said.
Law enforcement officials said Mr. Askew made a complaint to the Federal Bureau of Investigation just yesterday morning accusing Mr. Davis of trying to drive him from the Council race, first by offering him a job and then by threatening to disclose unflattering personal information about him. But the councilman’s office said that Mr. Askew had failed to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot and that it was Mr. Askew who had approached the councilman about a job.
Yesterday, Mr. Askew showed up at the councilman’s office at midday and asked if he could accompany Mr. Davis to the Council meeting, and Mr. Davis obliged, officials said.
Also, in another bitter note of irony, Davis — had planned to introduce a resolution at Wednesday’s meeting aimed at preventing violence in the workplace, according to the Times.
By the way, I have now created a blog category featuring all my posts related to today’s shooting at New York City Hall.