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A man who is suspected to behind 4 hammer attacks in Manhattan, was shot and apprehended by police on Wednesday. David Baril, who has a history of mental illness, was apprehended near Penn Station, after he attacked police Officer Lauren O’Rouke.

Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said that Baril is a diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic, and was recently living in a group home for adults suffering from mental illness on West 113th Street but discharged himself in January. He has multiple addresses, but is believed to have been living on the streets.  Baril also has multiple arrests, including one for assaulting a police officer.

Baril’s Instagram account is filled with bizarre images and drawings, including one of a hammer with blood dripping off of it. Baril was taken to Bellevue in critical condition, where he underwent surgery. He’s expected to live, law-enforcement sources said.

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  • TeflonD

    They need to leave Thor alone.

    • Darkness901

      Can’t lie…that was funny. Not the shooting. I’m referring to the comment. Thor…Ha!

  • Anthony

    It’s a shame a mentally ill man like this was not somewhere being treated. As for the shooting, the police are on solid legal ground. Maybe they did not have too, but it can be justified.

  • AfroCapricornette

    Yeah, have no complaints about this one. There’s CCTV on his attacks and someone could’ve been left seriously brain damaged.

  • I wish the mentally ill man was given better treatment and care, so he wouldn’t have used the hammer in that fashion. There are no excuses for the actions of David Baril. What he did was wrong and he has to face the consequences for his bad behavior.

  • CoolChic

    Finally, something important to do than giving choke holds to people selling loose cigarettes.