Sections of the East Side were closed Thursday after a man with a shotgun threatened to kill himself in front of the United Nations, police said.
Cops were called to First Ave. near 41st St. about 10:30 a.m. after repeated sightings of the man standing in front of the UN with a shotgun.
The white-haired man, wearing a red long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans, was pacing back and forth with the weapon under his chin. There was an unattended bag near him, prompting a response by the NYPD Bomb Squad, police said.
Cops closed off surrounding streets and the Robert Moses Playground before beginning a dialogue with the man, who appeared to be muttering to himself. Police tried to engage him from about 20 feet away.
A Parks worker who wouldn’t give her name said she was in playground when police converged.
“All of a sudden there was a rush of police cars, like whoosh. They saw the kids here and said ‘You gotta go.’”
More than 20 children and at least one teacher were there, the parks employee said.
“They had me close the park.”
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