Remarks of Shooting at Police Memorial Services
Sunday, August 14, 1938
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Tommy Cowan discusses the events at the Police Memorial Services. He assures the audience that the shooter was the only casualty and that victims were not harmed seriously. He describes a car approaching the bandstand during the services. Before exiting the car, the driver straps metal plates to his body. He then fired shots and the officers responded quickly (in looked to Cowan as though there was an injured child nearby). At the time, a nearby playground was crowded with women and children. The man was shot quickly, but he was able to shoot two officers beforehand. All members of the services, including the band and glee club members quickly began performing their police duties. The shooter, who is officially unidentified, had an ID with him. WNYC's radio connections were disabled during the chaos.
After a short pause, Cowan recaps the story once more. He explains that the radio was shutdown at the time to prevent a panic among the audience.
Historic NY Times article from 1938-08-14 includes photographs of the event and the police officers, but not the attack.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69200
Municipal archives id: LT398