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Recently Fired Worker Shoots, Kills Foreman At West Side Construction Site
October 18 2017, 11:13 | Irvin Gilbert
NYPD Swarms Manhattan Block in Search for Shooter at Construction Site
Christopher Sayers, the 37-year-old foreman of a high-rise building under construction on West 59th Street between 11th and 12th avenues, was found shot in the head on the 37th floor at about 7:15 a.m., police said.
The NYPD went into its active shooter protocol and deployed its Emergency Services Unit, Critical Response Command and Strategic Response units to the scene.
Before the gunman was confirmed dead, tactical police were seen entering the building carrying weapons.
By 9 a.m., however, the police said the body of a man believed to be the gunman was discovered inside the building.
"He was sacked two days ago", NYPD Deputy Chief Christopher McCormack told reporters, referring to Perry. Authorities say the incident stemmed from a workplace issue in which the shooter had a dispute with the foreman and had been fired. The suspect, Samuel Perry, 44, was located on the fifth floor with an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound, WABC-TV said. We are still looking to find out how he got back into the building. "When I got upstairs, I saw my foreman on the floor, which is a good friend of mine as well", one construction worker said.
Co-workers described Perry as "a little insane", but would never have expected him to kill anyone.
"Talking to some of the workers so far, they are saying he was a bit of a hothead", NYPD Deputy Chief Christopher McCormack said referring to Perry, per the newspaper.
Neighbors said Perry had been plotting his revenge since he was sacked. He said like Perry, he's a contractor, and that being laid off is part of the job. He got fired two days ago.
Officers who arrived at the building discovered a man who had been shot in the head, the police said. He could have gotten a job anywhere.