Empire State Building Shooting - Two dead, eight injured
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Empire State Building Shooting - Two dead, eight injured

New York City : NY : USA | Aug 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM PDT
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A disgruntled employee opened fire on Friday at the Empire State Building, killing two people and wounding eight others at the scene.

The shooting that has left people shocked started with a man opening fire on another person. The scene soon turned very chaotic. The man responsible for starting the shooting was a disgruntled former employee of a shop who had been laid off by the owners due to exceeding costs. The worker, identified as Jeffrey Johnson, used to design women's accessories and apparently had brought his gun to shoot a man with whom he had a row while he was still working at the shop.

Johnson, 58, came in front of the Empire State Building in search of his victim and shot him dead right at the spot. At that moment, another construction worker followed Johnson and alerted the police about the whole situation. When the police came to the scene, they asked Johnson to drop his gun, but he raised his weapons on the officers. He was killed in the exchange of fire between him and the police. The police officers fired 14 rounds of fire.

During the exchange of fire between Johnson and the police, bystanders were also wounded, but none of them are in life-threatening condition. The wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. Two police officers, who were injured, are also being treated at the Manhattan hospital.

According to a report on msnbc.com, Aaron Herman, a CNN iReporter, said, "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."

According to the details, which later emerged, Jeffrey Johnson had a long-standing dispute with the victim over allegations of harassment in the workplace. Both the men had even filed complaints against each other, but on Friday, Jeffrey Johnson just took matters in his own hands and killed his opponent with a .45 caliber gun.

People surrounding the Empire State Building initially panicked when they heard gunshots and most of them ran to nearby shops to take cover. The area was also sealed for some time, but it was later opened after the victims and the suspect had been taken away in an ambulance.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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