Horrible. The desperation everywhere is increasing. The shooter, now dead, had been laid-off from his job last year and returned today, killing a co-worker.
A man who had been fired from his job in a shop outside the Empire State Building returned to the scene Friday morning, shot dead a former co-worker and then opened fire on police officers in a chaotic, rush-hour gunfight. The gunman also was killed, and at least nine people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, city officials said.
Police identified the gunman as Jeffery Johnson, 53, a Manhattan resident who had been laid off from his job about a year ago as a women’s apparel designer at Hazan Imports, a shop on West 33rd Street near 5th Avenue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said they had no additional information on Johnson or his victim, whom they identified only as a 41-year-old man.
Johnson arrived at his former workplace at about 9 a.m. as the streets were crammed with tourists waiting to visit the Empire State Building’s observation deck and with commuters heading to offices inside the iconic, 102-story skyscraper. He pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and fired three shots into his former colleague, killing him…
“As the two officers approached Johnson, he pulled his … pistol from his bag and fired on the officers, who returned fire, killing him,” Kelly told a news conference held at the scene about 2½ hours after the shooting.
Bloomberg and Kelly said some of the nine people who were injured may have been hit or grazed by police gunfire but that none of their injuries was life-threatening.
Here’s some raw video of the aftermath at the scene. (Both clips HT Weasel Zippers)
In the meantime, while at the crime scene, Bloomberg insists that they’re in the business of “crime control” not “gun control.” At the same time, the reporter here is obsessed about the selling of spent ammo casings. Once again, focusing on objects as opposed to the human element that is the root cause of mass violence.