Two killed, bystanders wounded in NY shootin
Saturday, August 25 2012 @ 10:03 AM CDT
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The scene outside New York's Empire State building after a man shot his former co-worker.
Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner saying: "Johnson produced a pistol and fired at close range." The mid-morning attack sparked a shootout with police on the street that left two people including the shooter dead and wounded eight eight others.
Authorities say designer Jeffrey Johnson was angry after being fired from a store more than a year ago. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. SOUNDBITE: Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor saying: "He killed one person and at least nine other people were shot and some may have been shot accidentally by police officers responded immediately and while confronting the suspect and fatally shooting him unfortunately there may have been other victims as well." All of the injured bystanders are expected to survive.
Rebecca Fox says she saw Johnson moments after he was shot by police. Eyewitness Rebecca Fox saying: "I don't know where exactly he has been shot, but I saw that the police were turning him over and he flipped back down. I saw that his head lifted up a little slightly and then went back down." She also says she saw one of the bystanders leaning up against the building after being shot in the foot. The shootout near the popular New York attraction was the third mass shooting in the U.S. in the past few months.
Amateur video captures NY shooting scene: Aug. 24 - Victims of a deadly shooting outside New York's Empire State Building are seen lying on the ground just minutes after authorities opened fire on the gunman.
Amateur video showed the scene outside the Empire State Building on Friday (August 24) after a man fatally shot a former co-worker and then was killed by police in a gun battle. Eight bystanders were also wounded in the incident that created chaos and shocked commuters and tourists outside one of New York's most popular landmarks.
The wounded - two women and six men - all were expected to survive, city officials said. Officials said Jeffrey Johnson, aged 58, a fashion accessories designer, was disgruntled after being fired a year ago from Hazan Imports, located near the Empire State Building. Shortly after 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) he shot a 41-year-old former Hazan co-worker three times at close range with a .45-caliber handgun, they said. As police closed in on him on the sidewalk outside the 102-story Empire State Building, Johnson turned his gun on them and officers shot back and killed him, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Investigators were attempting to determine whether Johnson shot anyone beyond his initial target. Some of the surviving victims could have been hit by the two police officers who were shooting at Johnson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Other than its proximity to the violence, there was no link to the historic Empire State Building and Bloomberg ruled out any connection to terrorism.
The shooting rattled an always-busy part of Midtown Manhattan at the height of the tourist season. This was the second high-profile shooting incident in two weeks in New York's tourist-heavy Midtown Manhattan. On August 12 New York City police shot and killed a knife-wielding suspect as he sought to evade them through Saturday afternoon traffic and pedestrians in Times Square.
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