LIVE UPDATES: Gunman Opens Fire Outside New York's Empire State Building
Multiple people were shot outside the Empire State Building this morning at a scene described as chaotic, as people made their way to work and about the heavily trafficked area. Live updates follow -- with the most recent updates at the top. Keep checking this post for the latest.
UPDATE, 12:40p ET: The first still photos are being released from the scene of today's shooting in Manhattan. Below are two, shared on Happening Now moments ago.
UPDATE, 11:33a ET: The shooting had no connection to the Empire State Building, Commissioner Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg said at Friday's press briefing. The second victim in the shooting was identified as a 41-year-old; no children or elderly were among those shot or wounded. The shooter also is said to have lived in Manhattan.
UPDATE, 11:26a ET: At this morning's press briefing, which is ongoing, the shooter was identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, a former designer of women's accessories at Hazan Imports. Commissioner Kelly told press that Johnson shot a former co-worker at the building at 10 West 33rd Street three times before leaving the scene. Two construction workers followed Johnson from the location before alerting two officers; the officers then approached Johnson, and he pulled out his semi-automatic pistol from his bag and fired at authorities. Police returned fire, killing Johnson. Two women and seven men were injured in the attack, but Mayor Bloomberg told press that all others injured were only grazed or will recover fully from their sustained wounds.
UPDATE, 11:04a ET: Pat Brosnan, a former NYPD detective, just appeared on Fox News' Happening Now, saying that it appears that the shooting may have originated on the 11th floor of 10 West 33rd Street where the male suspect reportedly shot his former boss in the face. Officers in the vicinity were made aware, and when they saw the male come out of the building, a gun battle ensued. Brosnan said it appears the shooting culminated at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street - one block away. Note: Fox News hasn't confirmed any of these reports.
UPDATE, 10:58a ET: Hear this chilling eyewitness account of this morning's shooting. He says, "there was no screaming ... it was just slow motion."
UPDATE, 10:45a ET: Here's a photo from the scene of the shooting, where press awaits the 11 a.m. press conference with Commissioner Ray Kelly.
UPDATE, 10:39a ET: Eyewitnesses have described the shooting suspect as a white male in his 20s, well-dressed in casual clothing. Charlie Gasparino's sources say the man worked at the Empire State Building and was fired yesterday before returning this morning and firing what is being reported as eight or nine rounds "indiscriminately."
UPDATE, 10:26a ET: NYPD is now saying they will not confirm that two people are in fact dead. They maintain that the shooter is deceased. A news conference is scheduled to be held by NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at 11a ET.
UPDATE, 10:23 ET: Watch this eyewitness account of the shooting; it happens to be a Fox News employee who was on her way to work this morning when the chaos broke out.
UPDATE, 10:13a ET: NYPD tells Fox News that police were the ones who shot the gunman.
UPDATE, 10:06a ET: The NYPD says at least 10 people were injured in the incident. Also, if police reporting remains accurate, Bill Hemmer reports that the male perpetrator was fired from his workplace and came back to seek revenge in this morning's shooting.
UPDATE, 9:53a ET: Here's an aerial photo of the chaotic scene outside of the Empire State Building following this morning's shooting. Stay tuned for video of an eyewitness account.
UPDATE, 9:45a ET: According to Fox News correspondent David Lee Miller, tenants of the Empire State Building are being allowed back in the building; however, the building is still not open to tourists. This is a good sign, Miller says, that there's no further risk to the general public. Traffic is still shut down all along the busy 34th street -- including public transportation and tourist buses. There's no indication as to when they'll open the streets again. Watch his full report:
UPDATE, 9:38a ET: Word has just come in that two people have reportedly died as a result of the shooting. One of the deceased is believed to be the shooter. A NY police source says that they have still found no tie between the shooting and terrorism. Stay tuned for video from the scene.
UPDATE, 9:34a ET: According to Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino, the shooting is preliminarily being described as a commercial shooting -- not terrorism. The NYPD just reported that the male perpetrator has died following the shooting, as well. No indication as to whether or not the perpetrator's injuries were self-inflicted.
Stay tuned for more details as they come in.