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Man Who Shot 11 People At Empire State Building Identified As Jeffrey Johnson


We're getting more details about this morning's shooting at the Empire State Building in New York City.

According to CNN's latest update, a 53-year old man named Jeffrey Johnson was recently fired from his job as an accessories designer at Hazan Imports and went to the building this morning to enact violent revenge. One of the confirmed fatalities is one of his former colleagues.

From CNN:

A gunman fatally shot a former coworker in the head outside the Empire State Building Friday morning before he was killed by police officers, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The suspect, 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, was a "disgruntled former employee" of a company located inside the Empire State Building, Kelly said. As he tried to flee the scene, a construction worker alerted two police officers, who pursued him down 33rd Street, Kelly said.

Johnson pulled a .45 caliber gun on the approaching police officers but it not clear if he actually shot any rounds as police opened fire on him, Kelly said.

Nine people were wounded or grazed in the crossfire, Kelly said.

"Some may have been accidentally shot by police officers," Kelly said.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg spoke about the shooting today and praised emergency service's rapid response. "There is no doubt that the situation would've been even more tragic except for the extraordinary acts of heroism," he said. "New York City is the safest big city in this country but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence."

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  1. News reports had him as a "designer of women's accessories"

    Posted by: Marty | Aug 24, 2012 12:28:02 PM

  2. Would it matter one bit, Marty? No

    Posted by: Cody | Aug 24, 2012 12:31:14 PM

  3. The headline should read "Man Who Shot One Person..." since the others were shot by the police.

    Posted by: Kendall | Aug 24, 2012 12:31:36 PM

  4. I suppose gun control is not allowed to be mentioned?

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 24, 2012 12:41:47 PM

  5. And this is why the US doesn't need gun control? Right......

    Posted by: Christopher King | Aug 24, 2012 1:00:28 PM

  6. Really now. Because NYC's strict gun control prevented this from happening... You already pretty much can't have any handgun in NYC. Doesn't get more illegal than that. So explain to me how MORE gun control was possible, and how it would have helped.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 24, 2012 1:04:03 PM

  7. really scary times, y'all. a mass shooting almost every week lately, starting with the colorado movie theater shooting.

    although this may not have been a "mass" shooting per se, if you count the people shot during the crossfire, it is. and the crossfire wouldnt have happened if not for the gunman so it's all causally linked to him.

    Posted by: redball | Aug 24, 2012 1:09:40 PM

  8. Now that were making Killers the new...celebrities...who needs gun control...FOX and CNN and most other news outlets do wall to wall coverage invoking the Killers name non stop.
    Why kill (pardon the pun) such a lucrative business opportunity!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 24, 2012 1:29:01 PM

  9. a lot of very angry people amongst us

    Posted by: megamike | Aug 24, 2012 1:35:59 PM

  10. Perhaps what's most banal about the shoot out is that initially bystanders thought it was a celebrity sighting meanwhile in the immediate vicinity there were billboards of action heroes brandishing guns. Is it any wonder that the common man is now turning to extreme violence either as a way to assert his independence, his individuality, to settle scores or maybe just to get his own 15 minutes of fame?

    Posted by: scallywag | Aug 24, 2012 1:51:59 PM



    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 24, 2012 2:33:26 PM

  12. The headline to this post is inaccurate and needs to be changed. The man did not shoot 11 people. Clearly whoever posted this didn't even read the article as it clearly states, "some may have been accidentally shot by police officers."

    Who's been running this joint lately? Sad.

    Posted by: JNJ | Aug 24, 2012 2:39:36 PM

  13. America -I get New York has not its own guarded borders-, the country where it is easier to buy guns than getting married.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Aug 24, 2012 3:42:38 PM

  14. Were any of the police who shot all the bystanders gay?

    NYPD: The Cure Worse than the Disease

    Posted by: CROSSFIRE | Aug 24, 2012 3:48:06 PM

  15. Gotta wonder how many of the innocent bystanders shot by NYPD do not have health insurance, and how their hospital bills will be paid. How do they get compensated for time lost from work due to their injuries?

    Should be some interesting stories to report among the wounded.

    Posted by: Scribe | Aug 24, 2012 4:28:02 PM

  16. New York doesn't need gun control, New York needs to control its police. Maybe they should stop violating constitutional rights and stop shooting 8 bystanders to shoot 1 man that shot 1 person he had a grievance with. This is not a mass shooting, it is a travesty of police incompetence that is being covered up.

    Posted by: GETREAL | Aug 24, 2012 6:03:15 PM

  17. Headline should read, "Police Wound 9 Innocent Bystanders, Gunman and His Victim Dead".

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Aug 25, 2012 10:21:01 AM

  18. Perhaps whats most banal about the shoot out is that the inner working of Jeffreys Johnsons thoughts as he shot Steven Ercolino will never be known. Was this common man turning to extreme violence as a way to assert his independence, his individuality, to settle scores or maybe just to get his own 15 minutes of fame? Why did he not simply walk away and let it go? Why did he have to take this man’s life? Why did he have to destroy his own? Was the shoot them up go to hell ending the wicked immortilization he desperately sought? What motivates our fellow human beings to such commit such montrous acts?...

    Welcome to the bleak existences of another New Yorker who chose a tumultuous way out of life….But then again how close is anyone ever...

    Posted by: SOFIA MOGLIAZZI | Aug 25, 2012 1:52:20 PM

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