Man shoots ex-colleague in front of empire state building

Man shoots ex-colleague in front of empire state building

"Without saying anything, he shot him once in the head and then in the body," new york police chief raymond kelly said in a statement. According to U.S. Media, the perpetrator and his 41-year-old ex-colleague had long been involved in a dispute over harassment at work. "I’m going to kill you," the 58-year-old allegedly threatened, according to NBC, citing court documents from april 2011. The men had filed lawsuits against each other in advance of the slating, kelly confirmed.

Nine people were also injured in the shoving match in the heart of the city, six of whom were released from hospital this afternoon, the police chief said. According to kelly, passersby were not shot by police, as mayor michael bloomberg had not previously ruled out. Rather, the officers’ bullets had hit "flower pots and other objects that the bullets love to shatter," kelly said. According to him, this had led to the injuries.

According to bloomberg, the perpetrator is named jeffrey johnson. His age had initially been given by the police as 53, but they later corrected it to 58. According to police, the man had been fired from the import company a year ago after a dispute. As CNN reported, dressed in a gray suit and with a briefcase under his arm, he reportedly went to his old workplace not far from the empire state building at about 9 a.M. (local time) friday morning. There was more ammunition for the weapon in the bag.

The mayor praised the behavior of a construction worker and several police officers as an "act of heroism". Her courageous action may have prevented further bloodshed. According to kelly, a construction worker followed the gunman and confronted police officers outside the empire state building who tried to stop him.

According to initial police investigations, the shooter had not previously appeared in any criminal offenses. He reportedly lost his job at the import company hazan imports as part of a downsizing. According to new york police, the company deals in women’s underwear.

Tourists who had lined up to climb the tower in front of the empire state building on a sunny friday morning scattered, seeking protection. Eyewitnesses described a "wild west" situation. According to CBS, some of the injured were found in the lobby of the skyscraper, others on the street.

A new yorker who works near the empire state building told a CNN reporter he had heard at least nine gunshots. "We were all startled in the office," the man said. Several streets around the building, located at 5th avenue and 34th street, were widely cordoned off by police.

Other witnesses also described chaotic scenes: "I was sabotaging and hoarding three shots, and I saw people running away from the empire state building up park avenue," one woman told the CBS station. 10 to 15 shots were fired, she said.

The empire state building is one of new york’s most famous landmarks. It is the world’s most visited building after the eiffel tower in paris, with about 3.5 million visitors a year. When it was completed in 1931, it was also the world’s tallest building, at 102 stories and 381 meters.

Just two weeks ago, a man was shot near times square, another tourist destination in the city. Police officers approached the man as he smoked a joint. He fled, the officers pursued him. When he threatened a police officer a few blocks away with a cake knife, he was struck down by his colleague and died on the spot.