An out-of-work fashion designer has fatally shot a former co-worker near the Empire State Building before being killed in a blaze of gunshots by police, stunning tourists and commuters outside of one of New York's most popular landmarks.
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.
Mr. Johnson, an office rival of Mr. Ercolino’s who the police said held Mr. Ercolino responsible for the loss of his job, pulled out the gun, fired at Mr. Ercolino five times and left him bleeding on the side walk.
A few feet ahead were the shiny front doors of the Empire State Building he was confronted by the two police officers.When he pulled out his gun, they opened fire, shooting 16 rounds. Johnson was killed and nine bystanders were wounded, perhaps all by police bullets.
About a dozen people ran for their lives, including two small children who were just feet away from Johnson.
Police say the officers responded appropriately when shooter Jeffrey Johnson pointed his gun at them.