The Empire State Building in New York City, taken from 5th Avenue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The.45 caliber pistol had 8 rounds. 3 of the rounds were used on the dead victim, but 9 people were injured by gun shot. At least 12 rounds would have had to have been fired to injure and kill that many people , so who shot the innocent bystanders if Johnson’s gun only held 8 bullets? -thetimetimes.com
Blomberg “Once again, there’s an awful lot of guns out there.”
Gun used is a .45 caliber pistol that holds 8 rounds.
Bloomberg “This has nothing to do with terrorism.”
Mayor Bloomberg “Construction worker saw something and said something.”
Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner – 9:03 a.m shot former coworker 3 times
Stresses this is a preliminary investigation.
Shooter is Jeffrey Johnson, age 53
Dead victim was 41 years old.
Used 45 caliber handgun.
2 women and 7 men shot.
Officers in place as part of counter-terrorism efforts shot gunman.
Mayor Bloomberg – Gunman was fired a year ago, 9 people shot, shooter and one other victim dead. NYPD responded immediately, aided by brave civilians.
Eyewitness: 20 to 30 shots fired by gunman- NBC
Gunman ran from Empire State building across the street firing shots on Fifth avenue and 34th St. – NBC
Fifth Avenue shut down. – NBC
Gunman – wearing green with bag over his shoulder, caucasian. Police came out of shops as soon as thy heard shots fired. – NBC
Shooter used buckshot, requiring fewer shots to befired. – NBC
NOT terrorism. Shooter is a male in his twenties, and was fired yesterday. – NBC
Eyewitness says 3 people dead. People knocked down in stampede. “Five or six shots.” – NBC
Some people are now allowed to exit Empire State building but no one can enter. Waiting for Mayor’s press conference at 11 a.m. – NBC
2 dead, 8 injured, NOT terror related. – NBC.
Shooter is male, twenties – NBC
People in Empire State building not allowed to leave. – NBC
Many incorrect stories going around. – ABC
“It could happen anywhere.” – ABC
NYPD response time “unparallelled” – ABC
NYPD had “scene contained in 15 minutes” – ABC
Not worried about any other shooters in the area.
ABC stresses FBI said this is NOT terrorism.
Two dead including shooter dead.
FBI “immediately” says NOT terrorism.
“a workplace dispute that spilled out onto the street.”
10 people injured, 4 shot.
There will be a police briefing at 11am according to a Reuters reporter. – Reuters
Two people killed in Empire State shooting: New York police source
NEW YORK | Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:09am EDT
(Reuters) – Two people were killed and at least eight were wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, according to a police source.
One of the dead was the shooter, the source said, adding that there was no apparent link to terrorism.
“I heard the gunshots,” said Dahlia Anister, 33, who works at an office near the 102-story Empire State Building. “It was like pop, pop, pop. It was definitely in a bunch.”
The victims were shot shortly after 9 a.m. on the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue outside the building in Midtown Manhattan.
The shooting broke out at the height of the tourist season outside one of New York City’s most popular attractions, startling tourists and commuters in one of the busiest areas of the city.
The building is two blocks from Pennsylvania Station, one of New York City’s main transportation hubs.
The United States has had two other mass shooting cases this summer. On July 20, James Holmes, 24, allegedly opened fire at a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58.
On August 5, a gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee before police shot him dead in an attack authorities treated as an act of domestic terrorism.
The Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building for 40 years from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, it was again the tallest building in the city.
(Reporting by Lily Kuo and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Anthony Boadle and Bill Trott)
From Reuters Two people killed in Empire State shooting: New York police source
From NBC New York
Police say at least two people were shot outside the Empire State Building Friday morning.
Authorities said emergency personnel received a call about the shooting at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street just after 9 a.m.
The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately clear. The conditions of the people shot also weren’t known.
At least one person was seen being taken away in a stretcher.
Anyone traveling in the area is advised to expect road closures and detours.
Check back for details on this developing story.
Several people shot outside Empire State Building (Huffington Post)
NEW YORK — New York City officials say several people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead.
City police say three or four civilians have been wounded in the Friday morning shooting and that the shooter is dead.
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 spokesman had no information about how many people were wounded or their conditions.
The shooting occurred at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.