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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

NBC 4 interviews with eyewitnesses to the New York City Hall shootings:


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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

The beginning of the NBC 4 local news, with coverage of the New York City Hall shootings:


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A prediction

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

I’ll bet either the Post or the Daily News, if not both, will use Mayor Bloomberg’s “Attack on Democracy” quote as a headline in tomorrow’s paper.

Mayor Mike’s very bad day

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

“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.

Post from Kinko’s

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

The New York Times reports that the gunman, Othniel Askew, “was apparently a political rival” of Councilman Davis.

A quick Google search reveals that Askew’s full name was Othniel Boaz Askew, and that, yes, he was, at one time, registered to run against Davis later this year for the City Council seat from Brooklyn’s District 35. Apparently he dropped out, however; Google’s cached version of a Gotham Gazette article shows him on the candidate list, but the updated version does not.

Anyway…

The shooting took place in the balcony of the City Council chamber, which is on the second floor, about 2:08 p.m. as the council meeting was in progress, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a news conference. Mr. Davis and Mr. Askew, who entered City Hall together, were both in the balcony. The police officer fired from the council floor [and killed Mr. Askew] as council members dived beneath their desks. …

… Mr. Davis, 41, is a former New York City police officer who was a founder of Love Yourself, Stop the Violence, a community non-profit organization. The group’s Web site said Mr. Davis, a black man, joined the police force after being assaulted by two white police officers.

I was going to try and get flowers to place near City Hall as a memorial, but I figure even if I do find a flower shop, it would probably be closed by now, so I think I’ll head uptown now.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003


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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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A CBS 2 reporter files a live report for the 6:00 News.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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All entrances to City Hall Park, which is normally open to the public (in fact, it is a free WiFi hot spot), are closed and guarded by police; no surprise there.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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City Hall is right across the street from Pace University, which has a banner in front welcoming people to orientation. What a day for that. Anyway, here is a picture of more cops standing guard.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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Policemen guarding the entrance gate.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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People looking over the gate toward the front steps of City Hall.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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Police cars in front of City Hall.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

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I am at City Hall. Needless to say, the area is swarming with TV crews and buzzing with talk of the tragic events.

Live from the subway

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003
Earlier, a crazy lady came through the subway car
babbling about how the gunman was able to get into
City Hall because the council was trusting police for
its security instead of trusting in Jesus to protect them.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003


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