United Nations headquarters on lockdown after man with shotgun seen outside

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NEW YORK (AP) – The United Nations Headquarters in New York City was closed for several hours on Thursday after a man was seen nearby, what police said to be a firearm.

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A police spokesman said hostage negotiators were speaking with the man, who appears to be in his 60s, and expected the situation to be resolved peacefully.

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Police said there was no danger to the public. People have been asked to take shelter in places inside the United Nations Headquarters. The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council were both in session on Thursday.

Police said the man was first seen outside the United Nations’ Manhattan headquarters on the east side of 42nd Street and 1st Avenue at around 10:30.

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Videos posted on social media showed the man carrying an object, possibly a firearm, in front of the gate of the United Nations Complex on 1st Avenue.

The gates were closed and the person was not trying to breach the security perimeter.

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