Congressman says NYC federal building gunman got 'raw deal'

Aug 22, 2015 2:22 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - A New Jersey congressman says a man who gunned down a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan before killing himself was a whistleblower who had been given "a raw deal" by the agency that fired him.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell said Saturday that several members of his staff worked with gunman Kevin Downing to resolve his case and Downing never showed any violent tendencies.

Pascrell says he has no idea why Downing snapped.

Law enforcement authorities said the 68-year-old Downing opened fire at the federal building Friday evening, killing security guard Idrissa Camara.

Authorities say Downing then walked toward an elevator where he encountered another employee, then shot himself in the head.

Downing had been fired from his job at the New York City office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1999.

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