The nine people wounded in the gunfire after 9 a.m. on the Fifth Avenue side of the building were expected to survive, police said.
With today’s mass shooting in New York city marking at least the 3rd major shooting in the last few months, one must wonder.
Has Operation Gladio and or the NATO Option been activated inside the United States?
Has a series of low scale terror attacks inside America been put into action by the powers that be?
Is this connected to the Presidential campaign?
Up to 10 Hurt in Shooting Near Empire State Bldg; Gunman Dead
Has Operation Gladio/the NATO Option been activated in the United States?
As many as 10 people have been injured in a shooting outside the Empire State Building in Manhattan, NBC News reports.
The gunman, who was firing indiscriminately, is dead, the AP says.
Update at 10:14 a.m. ET: A witness tells CNN that the gunman ran after and shot a man in the head. An unarmed guard chased the gunman away, the witness says.
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET: CBS2 New York quotes a witness as saying she heard three shots and saw three people running down the street. “Then we heard it again and it was like 10 to 15 shots at one time,” she tells CBS2.
Update at 10:05 a.m. ET:The New York Post, quoting unidentified sources, reports that the shootings stemmed from a dispute between coworkers.
The Post says at least two people are dead, including the gunman and an innocent bystander, and that a total of 10 people were shot. Reuters also reports two dead.
Update at 10:04 a.m. ET: Aliyah Imam tells Fox 5 News that she was standing at a red light when a woman standing next to her fell to the ground. She says the woman was hit in the hip. She says the gunman was “shooting indiscriminately at people.”
Update at 9:51 a.m. ET: Several media outlets are quoting New York City police as saying the incident is not terrorism related.
Update at 9:50 a.m. ET: Reuters reports that at least 8 people were shot in the incident.
Update at 9:49 a.m. ET: The shooting occurred at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, just beside the city’s iconic skyscraper and a massive tourist attraction.
Update at 9:45 a.m. ET: Reuters, quoting an unidentified New York City police source, reports two are dead in the shootings, but this has not been confirmed by other media sources.
Update at 9:44 a.m. ET: CNN reports that 5 people were injured in the shooting.
At least 10 shot at Empire State Building, authorities say
By David Ariosto, CNN
New York (CNN) — A shooting at the Empire State Building in New York killed two people and wounded at least eight others Friday, a law enforcement official said.
The shooter was one of the two killed, investigators said.
A security guard chased the gunman down 5th Avenue and helped alert police, who shot the man at least three times, witnesses said.
The man had opened fire with a large gun, they said.
“It’s just a crazy scene here,” said Rebecca Fox, who works across the street from the famous skyscraper. She said she had been getting coffee with her headphones on when she saw people running.
Fox said she saw a woman who had been shot near a brewery, as well as blood splattered on the sidewalk.
One witness — 22-year-old Max Kaplan — said he heard at least nine shots and saw ambulances race to the scene.
“We’re all very shaken up at the office,” he said.
Aaron Herman, a CNN iReporter, painted a portrait of confusion.
“It was a little chaotic, police had barricaded the area and I saw one woman who was a victim, I think she had been grazed,” he said. “Some said they heard around three ‘pops’ and ran into nearby local stores to be safe.”
The White House said top aides told President Barack Obama about the shooting around 9:30 a.m. The shooting does not appear to be linked to terrorism, authorities said.
Local and federal authorities who converged on the building around 9 a.m. closed several streets around 5th Avenue and 34th Street, snarling traffic in the heart of Manhattan.
Shortly after the incident, Manhattan’s Bellevue Medical Center reported that it was treating six victims suffering from gunshot wounds, who were at the Empire State Building Friday. All the injuries were not life threatening, according to hospital spokeswoman Alice Ramos.
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.
The area typically has a large security presence.
“There’s always a focus and concentration on the building,” said retired police officer Lou Palumbo
“That building gets special attention.”
The Empire State Building Company said in a statement Friday that “the building is fully operational at this time,” and that police are investigating the incident.
Law enforcement officials: Gunman kills ex-colleague, wounds 8 outside Empire State Building
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 24, 9:52 AM
After the shootout, crowds of tourists and people on their way to work gathered along 34th Street, which was shut down by police. Police helicopters buzzed overhead and swarms of officers were gathered around the crime scene.
Jeffrey Johnson, 53, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports and targeted a 41-year-old former colleague, shooting the man in the head, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
A construction worker followed Johnson, then spoke to police nearby. Johnson turned his .45-caliber pistol on officers and they returned fire, Kelly said. Johnson was shot and killed by police.
It’s not clear if Johnson opened fire on the officers, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been shot by police in the mayhem.
The gunshots rang out at a time of day when the sidewalks around the building are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.
“We were just working here and we just heard bang, bang, bang!” said Mohammed Bachchu, 22, of Queens, a worker at a nearby souvenir shop. He said he rushed from the building and saw seven people lying on the ground, covered in blood.
Queens resident Rebecca Fox, 27, said she saw people running down the street and initially thought it was a celebrity sighting, but then saw a woman shot in the foot and a man dead on the ground.
“I was scared and shocked and literally shaking,” she said. She said police seemed to appear in seconds. “It was like CSI, but it was real.”
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