Video: Close call

updated 12/15/2006 3:36:59 PM ET 2006-12-15T20:36:59

A man walking through a train station was nearly hit by one of the 50 bullets police fired last month in a fusillade that killed an unarmed man hours before his wedding, newly released surveillance video shows.

Another camera in the same station caught two Port Authority police officers scrambling for cover after the gunfire that killed Sean Bell, 23, began Nov. 25 outside a Queens strip club. The two were apparently reacting to the same bullet that shattered a window and nearly struck the passer-by on the platform of the AirTrain station.

The civilian, wearing a hat and a black overcoat, is seen in the footage released Thursday walking toward the camera with a rolling suitcase behind him and what looks like a bouquet of flowers in his other hand.

Suddenly, the glass from the window is blown out by a bullet and a shower of shards shoots toward him. The man ducks, drops the suitcase and runs in the other direction, disappearing from view.

Bell was killed and two others wounded by police gunfire just hours before his wedding. The group was visiting a Queens strip club as part of Bell’s bachelor party when the shooting began, with five officers firing 50 shots at the victims.

The shooting of the three unarmed men has sparked outrage, mostly lately evidenced by plans for a silent march Saturday down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan’s shopping district.

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