Plainview Man Shot, Killed in NYC Workplace Dispute

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A 37-year-old construction foreman from Plainview was shot and killed Thursday at a work site in Manhattan by a former employee who then committed suicide, according to New York City police and reports.

NYPD officers responded to a shooting inside a building near the corner of Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side, where they found Christopher Sayers suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at 7:10 a.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A 44-year-old man was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the 5th floor of the same building, police said. Authorities did not identify the shooter, but he was identified in published reports as 44-year-old Samuel Perry of Far Rockaway.

“He was fired two days ago,” NYPD Deputy Chief Christopher McCormack told reporters, referring to Perry. “Talking to some of the workers so far, they said he was a bit of a hothead.”

The New York Times reported that the five-acre construction site is a $2.3-billion luxury development called Waterline Square with three towers containing more than 1,000 units expected to open next year.

No arrests have been made and NYPD detectives are continuing the investigation.