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“people were more inclined to take video than to run”

August 14th, 2012 10:12 EST ·

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As the man backed down Seventh Avenue, police pepper-sprayed him six times to try and disarm him, but the man continued to threaten officers with the knife, officials said. Police said that as he neared the corner of 37th Street, he lunged at officers with the knife, forcing them to shoot him. Two officers fired a total of 12 shots, striking the man in the chest, groin, left arm and left calf. #

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The scene was chaotic, confusing and almost certainly dangerous. Yet many bystanders stopped to watch, record video and take photos. #

And many of them quickly uploaded to YouTube. #

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