Update: Several Hurt in Shooting Near Empire State Building

The shooter is dead, according to reports.

A gunman opened fire near the Empire State Building in Manhattan Friday morning, leaving two dead and nine people wounded, according to officials.

The incident, which left 53-year-old gunman Jeffrey Johnson and an unnamed 41-year-old victim dead, happened outside, around 9 a.m., according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. They briefed the press on the incident around 11:30 a.m., stressing that it was not terrorist-related.

Officials say the shooting seems to be linked to a workplace issue. Johnson—who two New York Police Department cops shot after he allegedly opened fire on them—was recently let go in downsizing efforts after years of employment at Hazan Import Corporation. It produces women's accessories.

The shooter reportedly confronted a former coworker in front of the company's office on West 33rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. He killed him via a shot to the head, police said, and a construction worker who witnessed it alerted police who were stationed nearby.

The nine victims, who were reportedly hit or grazed by bullets exchanged during the gunfire, do not appear to have sustained life-threatening injuries. Bloomberg and Kelly would not release information on identities, but said there were no children or elderly individuals involved.

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Sean Henry Roach August 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
It was a pretty chaotic scene when I passed through here on the way to work. Saw six ambulances leaving the scene. Helicopters overhead were noticeable when exiting Grand Central Terminal. The police were still securing the scene at about 9:20 when I passed through (I work a block away). NYPD were urging people to move out as they taped up the area and redirected bus and vehicle traffic. The sound of sirens and helicopters stopped about an an hour and a half ago, but they were very steady up until then. The Atlantic has some comprehensive multimedia coverage, but they are also posting graphic photos (or at least they were) so be cautious if you want to see the link: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/08/multiple-people-shot-front-empire-state-building/56157/
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