Gunman and several others shot at Empire State Building

By David Edwards
Friday, August 24, 2012 9:44 EDT
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Shooting at Empire State Building
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Multiple sources reported on Friday that a gunman was shot and killed at the Empire State Building in New York City after he shot several people.

The Associated Press reported that “three or four civilians” had been injured. Initial reports from CNN said five people had been wounded and Fox News put the number of victims at seven.

Reuters reported that at least two were dead, according to Fox News. There was no apparently link to terrorism, the wire service said.

Update (10:10 a.m. ET): CNN reported at least 10 people were shot and two were dead.

Update (11:45 a.m. ET): In a press conference on Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commission Ray Kelly said that the gunman was 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson. He had targeted a formal co-worker with .45 caliber pistol. The former co-worker was killed after being shot three times. Nine other bystanders were also shot, including an unspecified number of victims who were accidentally shot by police as they tried to take down the gunman.


Watch this live video from Fox New York, broadcast Aug. 24, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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