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[UPDATE] Empire State Building Shooting – Two Dead And More Injured

Gunman Shoots Multiple People Near Empire State Building
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[UPDATE 11:45AM August 24, 2012] NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say a laid-off women’s accessories designer shot and killed co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then got in a shootout with police.

Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. He was shot dead by police.

Nine others were hit by gunfire. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that some of the victims may have been hit by police bullets. The victims are expected to survive.

Johnson was laid off about a year ago from a company housed in the Empire State Building.

[11:30AM August 24, 2012] NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor: Some victims in Empire State Building shooting may have been hit by police bullets.

[11:01am August 24, 2012]

NEW YORK (AP) — Two law enforcement officials in New York City say a recently fired store worker shot a former colleague to death and then randomly opened fired on others near the Empire State Building.

The officials say eight other people were struck by bullets but those injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The officials say the gunman previously worked at a store inside the landmark skyscraper.

Federal officials say the shooting isn’t related to terrorism, and a guard at the landmark said it didn’t involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.

[8:34am August 24, 2012] Reports have come in that there has been another armed gunman incident. The shooter opened fire at approximation Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street in Manhattan around 9 a.m this morning. Their are reports of 3 to 10 injuries with two possible deaths. The police shot and killed the gunman and the surrounding streets have been shutdown. This is all we know so far and we will keep you updated as more details become available.

 

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