Today’s crazy news comes in, where A fired fashion stylist named Jeffrey Johnson wearing a suit was shot dead by the NYPD this morning outside the Empire State Building. More details below……………..
The alleged gunman opened fire early this morning along 33rd St. between 5th and 6th avenues, where he killed Steve Ercolino, 41, former boss at Hazan Imports and injured nine others during the morning rush hour and side walk traffic.
Jeffrey, was wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase, fired three fatal bullets into his victim near the 33rd St. entrance to the skyscraper, a witness told the Daily News.
Johnson, 53, after casually strolling from the murder scene, was shot to death within minutes in a wild Fifth Ave. gunfight with cops that sent tourists and pedestrians diving for cover.
“There was blood on the sidewalk,” said witness Rebecca Fox. “It was like a scene out of CSI, but it was real. I was literally shaking.”
Nine other people were injured, before the shooting stopped just after 9 a.m. near the main Fifth Ave.
Among the injured were a Bronx mom and a North Carolina yoga instructor.
Two officers fired 14 rounds at Johnson from about five feet away after the gunman started blasting without provocation, officials said.
Mayor Bloomberg credited a construction worker with identifying the wandering killer to the cops, preventing any additional bloodshed. The killer was carrying an extra magazine of ammunition inside his briefcase.
The streets around the Midtown building were choked with emergency vehicles, and witnesses reported bloody victims calling for help after as the smoke was still clearing.
He was a designer of women’s accessories and was fired last year when the company downsized, the mayor said.
The killer and his victim had a history of problems, with each accusing the other of workplace harassment, said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The unidentified construction worker followed the fleeing suspect and notified two cops assigned to the Empire State entrance.
When they approached Johnson, he pulled the handgun from a black bag and started shooting — with the cops returning fire, said Kelly.
According to NYdailynews, The injured victims with shot in the legs, buttocks and elbows, were all expected to survive the shooting.
FBI agents were on the scene, but law enforcement sources said there was no apparent evidence that the shooting had any link to terrorism.
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