Crime Armed man in custody after standoff forces lockdown at UN headquarters
Fact check: Image shows 1991 protest in Moscow, not anti-lockdown demonstration in Vienna
An image of a 1991 gathering in Moscow has been misrepresented on social media as a protest in Vienna against COVID-19 restrictions.When Austria, announced on Nov. 19 that it would impose a nationwide lockdown and mandate COVID-19 vaccinations to prevent a fifth wave of the pandemic, a photo of a large outdoor gathering went viral on Facebook.
An armed man was taken into custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff with police forced the United Nations headquarters to go on lockdown in New York City, authorities said. There was no additional threat to the public, they said.
Police responded to a call from within the UN at approximately 10:40 a.m. ET about a man who appeared to be holding a loaded shotgun outside of the building's headquarters in Manhattan, Benjamin Tucker, the fire deputy commissioner, said at a news conference.
At the scene, officers spoke with the man for several hours as he held a shotgun loaded with one round under his chin, according to NYPD Chief Harry Wedin. The man eventually handed over notebooks that he wanted the UN to receive.
Austria back under COVID lockdown amid angry protests across Europe
New restrictions to control the coronavirus, including a looming vaccine mandate in Austria, have sparked large protests across the continent, including some that have turned violent.About 50,000 people came out to protest over the weekend against the country's 4th coronavirus lockdown and an accompanying national vaccine mandate that will kick in from February. Some 40,000 demonstrators gathered for a rally, organized by the far-right Freedom Party, in the capital city of Vienna alone.
Wedin said the papers were medical documents and "didn't have any specific meaning" related to terrorism. "Based on statements he made, we knew early on that this did not appear to be terror-related," he added. A police bomb squad responded to the scene as a precaution, but police said there was no indication that the man had an explosive device.
The armed man surrendered and was taken into custody without incident at 1:40 p.m. "I think it was an opportunity for him to get the attention he needed and it worked," Wedin said.
The man, who has not been identified, is originally from Florida and has no criminal record, Tucker said. The individual "had some issues" and was sent to the hospital for observation, he said.
"I want to acknowledge the entire response team who helped bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion," Tucker said.
An investigation is ongoing and the armed man faces pending charges.
Pamela Falk contributed reporting.
Austrian lockdown extended through Dec 11 as planned .
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's lockdown has officially been extended until Dec. 11 as planned amid signs that the measures are helping to bring down a sky-high coronavirus infection rate. A parliamentary committee signed off Tuesday on the extension of the country's fourth national lockdown of the pandemic, which started on Nov. 22, the Austria Press Agency reported. That was necessary because some lockdown measures can only be ordered for 10 days at a time. © Provided by Associated Press Virus Outbreak Austria There is one significant change: essential shops that so far were allowed to open until 9 p.m. will have to close by 7 p.m. starting Thursday.