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[Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET] Two patients who were brought to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Friday have been discharged and one has been admitted, the hospital's public affairs office said in a statement.
The three people were brought to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Emergency Department as a result of a shooting outside the Empire State building shortly after 9 a.m., the hospital said.
Other victims were brought to Bellevue Hospital after the shooting, which police said left eight wounded and two dead, including the gunman.
Police initially said nine bystanders were wounded in an exchange of gunfire between shooter Jeffrey Johnson and police. That number was later revised to eight.
Police killed Johnson as he pulled a gun on them while trying to flee the scene where he fatally shot a former coworker, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
The gunman apparently had a longstanding dispute with the victim over workplace harassment allegations, police said. Both men had filed prior complaints.
[Updated at 12:16 a.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised police and civilians for their quick response to a shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday morning, which left two dead and nine injured.
"There is no doubt that the situation would've been even more tragic except for the extraordinary acts of heroism," Bloomberg said in a media conference. "New York City is the safest big city in this country but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence."
Gunman Jeffrey Johnson, 53, killed one person before he was shot to death outside the busy tourist destination on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in a chaotic scene just after 9 a.m., Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. In addition to being home to a popular tourist destination in Midtown Manhattan, the area is also a busy commercial district.
"I saw people running and I didn't know what happened. I thought it was a celebrity spotting," said witness Rebecca Fox, who was on her way to work when the shootings broke out. "It was a very surreal scene."
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The victim was Johnson's former coworker at Hazan Imports, where Johnson was a designer of women's accessories until being laid off last year.
As Johnson attempted to flee the scene, a construction worker across the street alerted two police officers, who pursued him up West 33rd Street, Kelly said. As Johnson pulled out a .45 caliber pistol, the officers opened fire, killing Johnson. It was unclear if Johnson managed to shoot a round.
Nine others were wounded or grazed in the exchange of gunfire, Kelly said. They were taken to local hospitals where they are expected to recover.
"Some may have been accidentally shot by police officers," Kelly said.
Photos and messages from Twitter and other digital platforms that appear to be related to the shooting outside the Empire State Building are being collected by CNN.com social media producer Dorrine Mendoza on this Storify page. CNN editors are working to verify this information and will be updating throughout the day.
[Updated at 11:26 a.m. ET] A gunman fatally shot a former coworker in the head outside the Empire State Building Friday morning before he was killed by police officers, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
The suspect, 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, was a "disgruntled former employee" of a business near the Empire State Building, Kelly said. As he tried to flee the scene, a construction worker alerted two police officers, who pursued him down 33rd Street, Kelly said.
Johnson pulled a .45 caliber gun on the approaching police officers but it not clear if he actually shot any rounds as police opened fire on him, Kelly said.
Nine people were wounded or grazed in the crossfire, Kelly said.
"Some may have been accidentally shot by police officers," Kelly said.
[Updated at 11:08 a.m. ET] The Empire State Building is fully operational after ten people were shot outside the popular tourist destination this morning, leaving at least two dead.
Building representatives released a statement saying the New York Police Department is concluding its investigation that occurred shortly after 9 a.m.
[Updated at 11:08 a.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to speak soon after a shooting outside the Empire State Building Friday morning left at least two dead, including the suspected gunman.
A witnessed said they saw a shooter with a "large gun"
[Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to speak at 11 a.m. after a shooting outside the Empire State Building Friday morning left at least two dead, including the suspected gunman.
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â€˘ There is no apparent link to terrorism, a law enforcement official said.
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â€˘ Police shot the suspect, whose body is still lying outside the building covered in a sheet, witnesses said.
â€˘ A woman was also killed in the shooting, which occurred as people were lining up to gain entry to the busy tourist destination on 34 Street and Fifth Avenue.
â€˘ An elevator worker from inside the Empire State Building ran outside and began chasing the alleged shooter, CNN producer Rose Arce said. At some point police, who were apparently inside the building, were alerted and chased and the alleged shooter.
â€˘ Photos and messages from Twitter and other digital platforms that appear to be related to the shooting outside the Empire State Building are being collected by CNN.com social media producer Dorrine Mendoza on this Storify page. CNN editors are working to verify this information and will be updating throughout the day.
[Updated at 10:33 a.m. ET] The body of the alleged shooter is lying outside the entrance to the Empire State Building after a shooting broke out Friday morning, leaving at least two dead, New York City officials said.
A woman was also killed in the shooting, which occurred as people were lining up to gain entry to the busy tourist destination.
An elevator worker from inside the Empire State Building ran outside and began chasing the alleged shooter, CNN producer Rose Arce said. At some point police, who were apparently inside the building, were alerted and chased and the alleged shooter.
Arce talked to several international tourists who were standing around. "They were completely stunned by what happened and were screaming," Arce reports.
[Updated at 10:17 a.m. ET] Ten people were shot outside the Empire State Building, leaving two dead, including the gunman, New York City officials said.
A witness told CNN she saw a man lying in the middle of the street surrounded by police.
"I saw blood on the sidewalk," Rebecca Fox said. "It was a very surreal scene."
[Updated at 10:09 a.m. ET] A suspect started shooting outside the Empire State Building this morning, killing at least one person, New York city officials say.
The suspect had a "large gun," a witness told CNN.
[Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET] - At least 10 people were shot Friday in front of the Empire State Building in New York Friday morning, the New York Office of Emergency Management said.
A suspect in the shooting was shot and killed by police, New York police said.
Authorities converged on the building around 9 a.m. after reports of gunfire.
A witness told CNN's Rose Arce that the gunman ran after and shot a man in the head. An unarmed guard chased the gunman away, the witness told Arce.
Police have closed several several streets around 5th Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan.
New York resident Max Kaplan, 22, said he heard at least nine gunshots. He said several ambulances have arrived at the scene.
"We're all very shaken up at the office," he said.
The Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, and one of New York City's best-known tourist attractions.
Each year, about 4 million people visit the building's two observation decks. At more than 1,453 feet tall, the landmark building reaches more than a quarter-mile into the sky.
So....how's that gun ban in NYC working out for you folks, there?
Oh, yeah...I know...ya hafta ban 'em ALL, EVERYWHERE.
Then only guys like this would have/get one.
Bu...bu..but...its a gun free zone...don't the bad guys know it is against the law to have guns there?
Oh, that's right. The bad guys DO know that it is against the law for law abiding New Yorkers to have the means to defend themselves.
The stats do not lie:: the most crime ridden areas in the USA almost always have the toughest gun control laws. This disarms the people and make them prime targets for criminals who know the people cannot defend themselves.
Let us live in reality. Guns do not kill people any more than cars kill people. Criminals kill people, and we need to have the means to defend ourselves.
Gun ownership LESSENS crime and helps keep us all safe.
spot on brother
Right on, brother.....I agree along with Paul. Mayor Bloomberg is in never never land. I wonder if he smokes?
As I read the other day "if guns kill people then mine must be defective". You called it.
Someone needs some target practice.
There once was a Bloomberg for Mayor
That pillaged the New York taxpayer
He wanted no guns
But those of his huns
Each widow then dreaming to lay her
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Please – if any of these nuts were republicans – THAT would be the story.
No – these are ALL liberals – NYC, Guy w/chick filet, movie theater, temple.. and that was just recently!
Stations like M S N BC should not be allowed to encourage this ....
New York needs a mayor like Bloomberg to get all the guns off the street. Uh? Wait.
Why is this story making national headlines?
Might there be an agenda?
People of the United States of America,
Another "Disgruntled Employee" Revenge Killing.And unfortunity it probably won't be the last,You can see it everywhere in this country,,people are really cracking under all the pressure to survive in this society and having a need to take it out on anyone they feel did them wrong.God help us all.
People of the United States of America,
Another "Disgruntled Employee" Revenge Killing.And unfortunity it probably won't be the last,You can see it everywhere in this country,,people are really cracking under all the pressure to survive in this society and having a need to take it out on anyone they feel did them wrong.
My dear love, Johnson jeff why? You had a future should of came to oklahoma were I would baby you, and soth your hurt feelings,two ships in the night, your so hadsom,I love you.
In a country where there is very little gun control and where there are well over 300 million privately owned guns, things like what happened to today will continue to happen until better gun control laws are passed. Pitiful. 60% of all homicides in the United States were perpetrated using a firearm. A study on legal gun ownership worldwide shows the United States – not surprisingly – leads the world.
When guns are outlawed, only New York dress designers will have guns. I wonder if it was pink and matched his panties?
If Obama kept the economy in good shape, this man would have not have tried to kill anyone. Obama was the cause of this shooting.
Frank, so true. With bills and food, costing much and in New York its expensive a job is sucurity, being fired for a pety reason, would make anyone nuts. Bless you jeff Johnson, I dont condone it, but understand your deep feeling, being loved and wanted. Love and Pease.