Plainview man killed at construction site in NYC, police say

Plainview man killed at construction site in NYC, police say

Plainview man killed at construction site in NYC, police say

A disgruntled former worker at a high-rise construction site killed a foreman and then himself on Thursday, police said.

The man was found on an upper floor of a building under construction on West 59th Street, between 11th and 12th avenues, at about 7:15 a.m., police said. The suspect, Samuel Perry, 44, was located on the fifth floor with an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound, WABC-TV said.

Police initially responded to reports of an active shooter at the site, but quickly determined it was an incident of workplace violence, police said.

"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. A 9 mm semi-automatic gun was found at the scene.

Christopher Sayers, 37, was shot in the head and died at the scene of a construction site at 10 Riverside Blvd on the 37th floor, the television station reported. "When I got upstairs, I saw my foreman on the floor, which is a good friend of mine as well", one construction worker said.

Workers who fled when the shooting occurred piled out into the street to watch as police and firefighters arrived. The shooter has been arrested three times in the past, according to police: twice for assault, and once for burglary. His last arrest was in 2005.

"He's a quiet guy", Greaves said.

"He comes in the morning right there, real early. I said, 'What's going on?'" Pagan told DNAinfo. He never gives nobody a hard time.

Pagan said the suspect was sacked for talking back to the foreman, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

The union says it's cooperating with authorities in their investigation. "Our honest condolences to the family and friends of NYCDCC member Christopher Sayers who lost his life to reckless workplace violence at 645 W. 59th St".

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