Two people killed in Empire State Building shooting: NY police source

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Two people killed in Empire State Building shooting: NY police source

Post by eva on Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:45 pm

Two people killed in Empire State Building shooting: NY police source

NEW YORK - A man fatally shot a former co-worker near the Empire State Building on Friday and then was killed by police in a gun battle that wounded eight bystanders, created chaos and shocked commuters and tourists outside one of New York’s most popular landmarks.

The wounded - two women and six men - all were expected to survive, city officials said.

Officials said Jeffrey Johnson, 58, a fashion accessories designer, was disgruntled after being fired a year ago from Hazan Imports, located near the Empire State Building. Shortly after 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) he shot a 41-year-old former Hazan co-worker three times at close range with a .45-caliber handgun, they said.

As police closed in on him on the sidewalk outside the 102-story Empire State Building, Johnson turned his gun on them and officers shot back and killed him, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/24/shooting-near-empire-state-building
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