Kevin Downing, 68, took his own life after killing the guard on Friday

By Naja Rayne
Updated August 22, 2015 02:35 AM
Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP

A military veteran shot and killed a security guard at a New York federal building on Friday, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

The gunman, who has been identified as Kevin Downing, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, entered the building at about 5 p.m. and shot the guard, Idrissa Camara, 53, after Camara told him his belongings had to be checked before entering the building, the New York Daily News reports.

After rushing toward the elevators where he encountered a second guard, Downing took his own life with the .38-caliber handgun.

The suspect was dead at the scene and Camara was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital where he died.

According to the Associated Press, Downing formerly worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but authorities said it was unclear whether he worked at the building where the shooting occurred.

Officers have not yet determined a motive.

“We don’t know who his intended target was,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neil said at a press conference on Friday.

Camara was reportedly a senior guard and carried a weapon, but officers who looked at the surveillance footage said that he never had a chance to defend himself.

The New York Post reports that Camara, an Ivory Coast native and father of four, was scheduled to finish work at 4 p.m. but had agreed to stay late for extra duty.

“This loss is very big for us,” his cousin Ouattara Muhamed told the Post. “He’s taking care of his own family here and back home in Africa.”

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