UPDATE: Video Shows Shooting Outside Empire State Building

UPDATE:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dramatic surveillance video shows a police confrontation with a man who had fatally shot a former colleague near the Empire State Building lasted only a few seconds.

The video shows a calm scene with people milling about on the street Friday morning. Then Jeffrey Johnson comes into view walking quickly down the street, followed by two police officers.

Johnson stops, wheels around and points a gun at the officers. The officers begin firing at Johnson, and he quickly falls to the ground.

The video shows nearly a dozen bystanders running for their lives, including a boy and a girl who were just feet away from Johnson.

Johnson died. Nine bystanders were wounded, likely hit by police officers' stray gunfire.



NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials say a laid-off women's accessories designer shot and killed co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then got in a shootout with police.

Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. He was shot dead by police.

Nine others were hit by gunfire. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that some of the victims may have been hit by police bullets. The victims are expected to survive.

Johnson was laid off about a year ago from a company housed in the Empire State Building.



NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

The officials say the gunman previously worked at a store inside the landmark skyscraper. The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. Friday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Federal officials say the shooting isn't related to terrorism, and a guard at the landmark said it didn't involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.


NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead. A witness says the shooter was firing indiscriminately.

The shooting happened Friday morning at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

A fire department spokesman says it received a call about the shooting just after at 9 a.m. Friday and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.

The department says paramedics are evaluating eight people but some of them may not have been shot.

Aliyah Imam tells Fox 5 News that she was standing at a red light when a woman standing next to her fell to the ground. She says the woman was hit in the hip. She says the gunman was "shooting indiscriminately at people."

Police say the shooting may have stemmed from a workplace dispute.


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