Couple Killed in Shocking Public Murder-Suicide in NYC

Lower Manhattan

Pedestrians at a street in Lower Manhattan witnessed a shocking murder-suicide in broad daylight on Monday morning.


Shocking scene: A gunman, identified by authorities as 46-year-old Xin Yu, reportedly confronted his wife at Morris St. and Trinity Place and then shot her in the head twice before shooting himself, the NY Daily News reported. 

  • Yu was wearing a hat when he shot his 40-year-old wife in the head two times.
  • The shooter, who is believed to be from Canada, then pointed the semi-automatic pistol to his own chest and fired.
  • The wife died at the scene while the shooter was rushed to the Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he died.
  • The incident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to the authorities.
  • A woman on her way to the Rector St. subway station noticed the incident and called 911.

Stepping in: In an interview with NY Daily News, the woman who called 911 said the wounded shooter was still holding on to his gun when she got to the scene so she decided to take action.

  • “I took the gun from his hand while he was still breathing,” she was quoted as saying. “I just did it just to be safe.” 
  • The woman added that she intervened because she wanted to ensure no one else got injured.

The incident remains under investigation and officials have yet to establish the motive behind the shooting.

Featured Image Screenshot via CBS New York

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