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Armenian Man In Critical Condition After Shooting Self In New York


NEW YORK (AP) - A 24-year-old bank employee who shot himself in the head at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York remained in extremely critical condition Thursday at a local hospital, police said.

The man was identified as Arsen Gazaryan, a resident of the New York borough of Brooklyn who worked for Chase Manhattan Bank. His identity was verified by his fingerprints because his head wound rendered his face unrecognizable, police said.

Gazaryan is a legal U.S. resident originally from Armenia, said Police Chief of Detectives William Allee.

Gazaryan had gone to the parish house behind the cathedral Wednesday afternoon and met with a priest there, police said. Before Gazaryan pulled out the gun, he told the priest he was depressed and didn't want to live any more.

The priest was not injured. The landmark Roman Catholic cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
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