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Police attend to reports of a man with what appears to be a shotgun near the United Nations in New York, and staff and delegates inside headquarters are being asked to shelter in place, say authorities.
The New York Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a man with what appears to be a shotgun on East 42nd and 1st Avenue near the United Nations headquarters in New York, Detective Hubert Reyes said.
An agent told CNN that Emergency Services Units are talking to the man who appears to still have the gun.
"We closed the building due to the police activity taking place outside the UN in front of our doors," Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the United Nations, told CNN.
"Everyone is in the building at the moment, the compound is closed," he said.
An internal UN Security message was administered saying:
"The UNDSS Security and Surveillance Service wishes to report that there is ongoing police activity on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets."
"All UNHQ staff and delegates are asked to take refuge in their place."
“The authorities of the host country are currently on the scene.
The Security and Surveillance Service is monitoring the situation and will update accordingly. "
The UN Security Council meeting is currently underway.