There was real-life drama in the Broadway theatre district May 18. Police shot a man dead at Eighth Avenue and 49th Street in Manhattan during the morning rush hour, just steps from the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where The Book of Mormon is playing.
Witnesses reported on Twitter that the man had been carrying a knife.
DNAInfo, a local news website, reported that the shooting took place after Gary Conrad, 46, “became belligerent” with a cashier at the Food Emporium grocery story at the intersection about 8:30 AM, according to NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill. When police were called the man reportedly approached them with a knife and refused police orders to drop it.
Contrary to an erroneous WABC-TV report later in the day, Conrad never worked at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, and was not an employee of Book of Mormon, according to a production spokesperson.
The report quoted a man named Casey Ray, who identified himself as a “co-worker” of Mr. Conrad’s. Ray, also, is neither an employee of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre nor The Book of Mormon, the spokesperson said.
Police reportedly treated a woman at the scene who was grazed on the arm by one of the police bullets, and transported her to Bellevue Hospital.
Photos of a man laying in the street with blood streaming from his head were posted on the social media outlet.