[UPDATE 6:39PM August 24, 2012] They say Johnson's .45-caliber weapon held seven rounds. He fired five times at Steven Ercolino, killing him. One round was still in the gun, and one was ejected when officers secured it.

The nine bystanders hit by gunfire when police took down Johnson are expected to survive. They suffered graze wounds or other minor injuries


[11:45AM August 24, 2012] NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say a laid-off women's accessories designer shot and killed co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then got in a shootout with police.

Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. He was shot dead by police.

Nine others were hit by gunfire. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that some of the victims may have been hit by police bullets. The victims are expected to survive.

Johnson was laid off about a year ago from a company housed in the Empire State Building.

[11:30AM August 24, 2012] NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor: Some victims in Empire State Building shooting may have been hit by police bullets.

[11:01am August 24, 2012]

NEW YORK (AP) — Two law enforcement officials in New York City say a recently fired store worker shot a former colleague to death and then randomly opened fired on others near the Empire State Building.

The officials say eight other people were struck by bullets but those injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The officials say the gunman previously worked at a store inside the landmark skyscraper.

Federal officials say the shooting isn't related to terrorism, and a guard at the landmark said it didn't involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.


[8:13am August 24 2012] There is not much info as of yet - but there has been a shooting at The Empire State Building in New York City.  Officials are saying "multiple people have been shot and the suspected gunman is dead."  Early reports are saying 2 people dead, 10 injured - although this is NOT confirmed at this time.

We will keep you updated as they release more information.