Days of Turmoil: Empire State Building Shooting

At least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building, New York City police say. CNN reports 10 shot, and two dead, including the gunman.


New York City police say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Buildingand that the gunman is dead. A witness says the shooter was firing indiscriminately. CNN is reporting 10 people have been shot, two were killed, including the as yet unidentified shooter.

The shooting happened Friday morning at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. There are reports that the gunman was firing a shotgun.

A fire department spokesman says it received a call about the shooting just after at 9 a.m. Friday and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.

The department says paramedics are evaluating eight people but some of them may not have been shot.

Aliyah Imam tells Fox 5 News that she was standing at a red light when a woman standing next to her fell to the ground. She says the woman was hit in the hip. She says the gunman was “shooting indiscriminately at people.”

CNN reports that there is no terrorist link, according to a law enforcement source. The body of the shooter is under a sheet, lying on the sidewalk near the entrance of the Empire State Building.

Rebecca Fox told CNN that she was walking down Fifth Avenue to her job across the street from the Empire State building, and saw people running. She had headphones on, so didn’t hear any shots. She saw woman who had been shot in the foot. She saw police surrounding the shooter on the ground in front of the building.

“It was a crazy scene,” she said.

Authorities are saying its work place violence, that spilled out on to the street. Police shot and killed the shooter.

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