The New York Police Department is responding to several 911 calls reporting a man with what appears to be a handgun on East 42nd Street and 1st Avenue, near the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Detective Hubert Reyes said
A law enforcement official told CNN that the Emergency Services Unit was speaking to the man who appeared to still be in possession of a weapon.
Two law enforcement officials say the man was seen muttering to himself and also carrying a bag with him.
Both sources said the bomb squad responded as a precautionary measure.
Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the United Nations, told CNN: “We have locked down the building due to police activity going on outside the United Nations right in front of our gates.
“Everyone is in the building during this time, the block is locked,” he said.
An internal message from the United Nations Security Agency was sent stating:
“UNDSS Security and Safety Service is pleased to be informed that there is police activity taking place on First Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets.”
“All staff and delegates at UNHQ are asked to shelter in place.”
“Host country authorities are currently on the scene. The Safety and Security Service is monitoring the situation and will update accordingly.”
The United Nations Security Council meeting is currently underway.
This is a developing story and will be updated.