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Another Deadly Shooting

Post by melbert on Fri Aug 24 2012, 18:41

When will this STOP????

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/multiple-people-hit-shooting-near-empire-state-building-133611266.html

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Two dead, nine wounded in shooting near the Empire State Building
.By Jason Sickles, Yahoo! | The Lookout – 4 hrs ago.. .


Nine people were wounded and two people were killed outside the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan Friday after a disgruntled women's accessories designer named Jeffrey Johnson shot his 41 year-old former boss. The two dead include the gunman, who was shot and killed by police near the tourist entrance of the landmark skyscraper.

Fifty-three year-old Johnson lost his job last year during a corporate downsizing at Hazan Imports. He returned to his office Friday morning to target his former supervisor.

The shooting occurred at 9:03 a.m. ET on West 33rd Street.

Johnson followed his former co-worker down 33rd Street and shot him outside of Legends Bar, according to the New York Post. It is unclear if he fired into a crowd of pedestrians outside of the Empire State Building, or if pedestrians were caught in crossfire, reported the New York Daily News.

A construction worker who witnessed the shooting followed the suspect and then alerted police who were posted nearby. As the officers approached Johnson, he pulled his gun and fired on the officers. They returned fire and killed him, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

None of the other people who were shot were seriously wounded and they are all expected to recover. Some of those wounded may have been hit by police gunfire, Bloomberg said.

After the shooting, police immediately cordoned off a one-block perimeter around the Empire State Building. Around 10 a.m., a lone tourist bus headed down Fifth Avenue, and a guide could be heard over the bus's microphone explaining that they were nearing the landmark. As police waved the bus to detour down 36th Street, the guide was openly mystified. "I don't know what's going on, folks," he said, as the bus turned. The bus's passengers looked up at the sky at a news helicopter floated overhead. Some stood, clutching their cameras.

Along 35th street, hundreds of people photographed the scene with iPhones and iPads. Officers could be seen standing in the middle of 34th Street around a scene surrounded by police tape. Television producers roamed the crowd looking for witnesses. "Was anybody here when this happened? Was anybody here when this happened?" one NBC producer yelled.

Eyewitnesses told CNN that the gunman was using a rifle or shotgun.

Word of the shooting spread rapidly on social media networks.

"On 5th avenue surrounded by helicopters and police," @CeciliaHalling wrote on Twitter. "I'm very glad I wasn't 20 blocks further down half an hour ago."

Yahoo News will update this story as more details are known.

Yahoo News staffers in New York City contributed to this report.

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by cindigirl on Fri Aug 24 2012, 18:50

melbert wrote:When will this STOP????

Don't know when all the gun attacks will stop. I think it's a combination of the bad economy and lack of gun control. There's a lot of anger among Americans, because we are hurting. Mayor Bloomberg has been trying to enforce the gun control law and with each shooting by private citizens it enforces his beliefs.

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by cindigirl on Fri Aug 24 2012, 18:54

Article from Huff Post with further details.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/empire-state-building-sho_n_1827534.html?1345815551&icid=maing-grid7%7Ccompaq-desktop%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D196797

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by Best in Category on Fri Aug 24 2012, 19:07

It's crazy. Last summer one guy killed 69 people in Norway in one afternoon.

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by Lighterside on Fri Aug 24 2012, 22:13

When will it stop? When the politicians in this country find their intestinal fortitude and do something about it instead of worrying about cowtowing to the NRA!

For all the whining and carrying on about the "value of life" it seems that your life is not so valuable unless you're the "unborn"...

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by cindigirl on Fri Aug 24 2012, 23:05

Best in Category wrote:It's crazy. Last summer one guy killed 69 people in Norway in one afternoon.

That's interesting, he was found guilty and, according to Norwegian law, he received about 21 years in jail for his crime.

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Re: Another Deadly Shooting

Post by cindigirl on Sat Aug 25 2012, 20:39

Update from Huff Post:

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that the man in Times Square who was shot by NYPD had a gun. He actually had a knife. The article has been updated to reflect that.

Don't know if anyone else read this but the pedestrians who were wounded were accidentaly shot by one or two over zealous policemen.

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