"I came to New York to get justice," he said.
Leathers, who contacted the station on a cell phone from Columbus Avenue, said he was prepared to surrender but wished to do so with witnesses present. Moments later, he entered the station's lobby, approached security officers and identified himself. WABC-TV executives immediately alerted authorities. Leathers was taken into custody after detectives in Portsmouth confirmed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, charging him with attempted murder.
When asked if he had shot anyone, Leathers insisted, "No I didn't." Asked why he surrendered, he said, "They say I'm armed and extremely dangerous. Anybody could take a shot at me and kill me. My life is on the line."
WABC-TV videotaped the arrest. He was unarmed and offered no resistance. Leathers was taken to the NYPD's 20th Precinct on the West Side and is expected to be arraigned later this evening.