Bad news just coming out of midtown....
Update: 12:00 Noon
From The New York Times:
A man who had been fired from an apparel importer in the shadow of the Empire State Building shot and killed a former co-worker on Friday morning, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said. The man then walked along the curb in front of the Empire State Building, where he “turned his gun” on two officers on duty at the main entrance “and tried to shoot them,” the mayor said.
Police C0mmissioner Raymond W. Kelly said that nine bystanders had been “wounded or grazed” and taken to hospitals. The mayor said that some of the injured may have been hit by police bullets during the confrontation with the suspect, whom Mr. Kelly identified as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, a former clothing designer at Hazan Industries. Mr. Kelly said he believed that some of the shooting victims had been shot by the officers “based on the number of people shot and the capacity of”’ the shooter’s weapon.
--James Barron, Wendy Ruderman, and William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times
Update: 10:55 AM--apparently two fatalities now being reported.
AP story and video can be seen here.
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."
Colleen Long and Tom Hays, The Associated Press
A suspect was shot and killed by police and four other people were wounded when gunfire erupted Friday morning outside the Empire State Building, cops said.
Details were sketchy, but the shooting started shortly after 9 a.m. on the crowded rush hour sidewalks outside the iconic midtown skyscraper."
Rest of the story can be found by clicking on the screen image:
A law-enforcement official said the shooting did not appear to be terror-related, and may have been the actions of a disgruntled employee who may work inside the building.
It wasn't immediately clear if the gunman's wound was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by police.
Some of those taken to hospital may have been injured in a stampede after the gunfire erupted, sources said."