Bystanders injured in Empire State Building shooting

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Empire State Building shooting

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NEW YORK (AP) – A  bystander who was wounded in today’s gunfire outside New York’s Empire State Building says he’s positive it was a police officer who shot him.

Police have said some of the nine people who were wounded were likely hit by police bullets. They suffered graze wounds or other minor injuries, and police believe at least some of the injuries were caused by bullet fragments that ricocheted off security planters.

The officers had opened fire on a man who had just shot and killed a former co-worker at a business where the gunman had been laid off from his work as a women’s accessories designer. The gunman was killed.

Authorities say the gunman, identified as Jeffrey Johnson, wore a suit and carried a briefcase as he walked up to the vice president of the import company, Steven Ercolino, put a gun to his head and fired without saying a word. A witness told investigators that after Ercolino fell to the sidewalk, Johnson stood over him and shot him four more times.
A construction worker who saw the shooting followed Johnson and pointed him out to officers.

There are conflicting accounts of whether Johnson then fired at the officers or just pointed a gun at them before he was shot and killed.

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