Several Shot Near Empire State Building

By: CBS News posted by Amanda Lanum
By: CBS News posted by Amanda Lanum

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A man laid off a year ago went to his former workplace Friday morning and shot a co-worker in the face, killing him, before a shootout broke out between him and New York police officers near the Empire State Building, injuring nine, the police said.

The gunman was shot and killed by two officers. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said during a Friday news conference that the people wounded in the shootout suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Some of those injured may have been shot by the officers, Kelly said.

Kelly identified the gunman as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, who was laid off as a designer of women's accessories from Hazan Imports last year after working there for six years.

Some of the victims were reportedly found inside the lobby of the Empire State Building while some were found on the street.

The FBI said that there is "no initial connection to terrorism."

Witnesses described a chaotic scene.

"I was sitting outside, and I heard three shots first and I saw three people running up to Park Avenue way from the Empire State Building," one woman told CBS station WCBS-TV. "Then we heard it again and it was like 10 to 15 shots at one time. Then we saw the whole block, like over 50 people running to Park Avenue."

"I was pulling some boxes out of my truck and right in front of my truck I heard about five gunshots," another witness told CBS station WINS-AM. "I turned around to the left and I saw a man lying vertically with blood coming out of his head."

"I just asked one of the folks who was running by me what had happened and they said 'someone was shot,'" Sid Dinsay, a former New York City Office of Emergency Management official, told CBS station WCBS-AM. "Take a few more steps down the block and there was a deceased person on the sidewalk, apparently the victim of gunshots and lifeless and just lying there."

Friday's shooting is the third high-profile incident of the summer, following the July 20 massacre at a Denver-area movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 58 others, and a mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple Aug. 5 that left seven people dead, including the gunman with ties to a white supremacist group.

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