08.24.12

Shooting at Empire State Building: Photos, Video, & Tweets

Several people were wounded early Friday morning at one of the most famous landmarks in New York City. See photos and reports from the scene via Twitter. Warning: graphic content.

At least two people were killed, four seriously wounded and five people had minor injuries in a shooting near the Empire State Building. Among the dead were the gunman, who police say was a disgruntled employee of a local clothing store, and his manager. Police identified the shooter as Jeffrey Johnson, 58, of Manhattan. The shooting occurred outside the Empire State Building, not inside as initial reports said. Police said Johnson shot his former manager at Hazan Imports on West 33rd St., and a nearby construction worker heard the shots and ran to the Empire State Building and alerted the police there. When police arrived, they said Johnson allegedly turned his gun, a .45 magnum, on police before they shot and killed him. New York City Michael Bloomberg said it appears that all those wounded are expected to survive.

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