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Jeffrey Johnson identified as gunman in shooting near Empire State Building

Multiple people have been shot and at least one killed in a shooting near the Empire State Building. CBS New York

Multiple people were shot and two were killed in a shooting near the Empire State Building Friday.
CBS New York
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police have identified the gunman a shooting Friday morning near the Empire State Building as 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson. Officials originally said he was 53.

PICTURES: Shooting at Empire State Building

Police said Johnson shot a 41-year-old former coworker with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. The victim's name has not been released.


Johnson was killed by police. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been caught in the confrontation.

Police said Johnson had been laid off about a year ago from Hazan Imports, where he had worked as a designer of women's accessories.

Johnson and the coworker he allegedly shot were the only two killed in Friday's attack, police said. Those injured are expected to recover.

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

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