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article image8 wounded, 2 dead in shooting outside Empire State Building

By Larry Clifton     Aug 24, 2012 in Crime
New York - At least nine people were shot by a suspect who was later killed by police, CNN writes, in front of the Empire State Building in New York Friday. The shooter, killed by police, is being described as a disgruntled man who wanted to shoot a co-worker.
An angry worker followed a colleague down a New York Midtown street, shot him dead and then turned his weapon on random people outside the Empire State Building — killing at least one innocent bystander and shooting up to seven others before he was cut down by a cop on foot patrol, sources told The New York Post.
The shooter worked for a women's apparel company and was recently fired. He's been identified as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, who apparently worked for Hazan Import Corporation.
The latest reports say two people are dead, including the shooter.
Anika Basu was riding in the M34 bus when it stopped for a traffic light in front of the Empire State Building and shots rang out, according to Business Insider.
Basu said she saw three people collapse to the walkway beside the iconic building, but didn’t see who fired the shots, according to the report.
"There was three people down, there was mass chaos," she said, adding that Fifth Avenue is "completely out of control"
Basu said one of the victims was a man who sells tourists passes that allows visitors to go to the top of the building.
"We didn't see the shooter, we didn't see anyone, we just saw the victims," she said.
Basu left the bus and walked out of the area, but admitted she was nervous about being shot.
CNN writes the suspect was shot and killed by police.
The New York Police Department did not immediately confirm the reports, however ABC is reporting police arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting occurred. The shooting happened at 34th Street and 5th Avenue.
ABC 7 is reporting people being taken by ambulance to local hospitals.
*Update 2 p.m. EST - 9 wounded, two dead., according to Washington Post, however other reports have the toll at eight wounded, two dead.
Update 2:45 p.m. EST
The Associated Press is also reporting that there are nine wounded, two dead. They added that "friendly fire" from police may have hit some victims after shooter turned his gun on police.
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