Several injured in Manhattan crash, shooting

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September 26, 2006 05:30
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A man wanted in a Rhode Island killing crashed his SUV into another vehicle at an intersection in midtown Manhattan, injuring several pedestrians, and then was shot by police officers after he emerged waving a knife at them, authorities and witnesses said. A Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer shot Joel Noonan in the abdomen and groin after his sport utility vehicle collided with another car, authorities said. Noonan, 36, is wanted in Rhode Island in the Sunday stabbing death of his cousin's husband, police said. Noonan and six other injured people were hospitalized after the incident; one woman was in stable condition, but the conditions of the others were not immediately disclosed. Noonan was driving a Jeep in midtown Manhattan shortly after 9 a.m. when he collided with another SUV, police said, sending it onto a sidewalk and into a group of pedestrians. He jumped out of the vehicle wielding a knife, authorities said. Police said they fired at him and used pepper spray to subdue him. Witnesses described a chaotic scene. "He had a knife in his left hand and he's swinging it at the cops, chasing them around his Jeep," recalled bystander Raymond Garcia. Police in East Providence, Rhode Island told The Providence Journal newspaper that Noonan stabbed 37-year-old Steven Dowaglia to death during an argument Sunday evening at a home there. He then attacked his cousin and her 8-year-old daughter, police said. East Providence police Capt. James Barlow said Noonan is skilled in martial arts and had said he would not be captured alive. MTA spokesman Tom Kelly said Monday afternoon that Noonan had not yet been charged with any crime in New York. Police did not say where Noonan, of Avon, Massachusetts, was hospitalized.

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