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Shooting near Empire State Building: Sources say gunman was disgruntled former employee

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(CBS) NEW YORK - Sources tell CBS New York that a shooting at the Empire State building Friday morning that left as many as ten injured and two dead, was committed by a disgruntled worker who fired at former co-workers.

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According to the station, sources say the gunman - who was shot and killed by police - had been fired from Shanghai Henson Import and Export Co., Ltd the day before the shooting. The second person killed in the shooting was reportedly the gunman's manager.

"What we're told is this involves co-workers and a disgruntled employee who showed up at the work place at the Empire State Building today, opened fire on a number of co-workers," CBS News Senior Correspondent John Miller reported told WCBS 880.

The Associated Press reports that city police say at least four civilians have been wounded. According to CBS New York, as many as nine or ten people were injured.

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.

The shooting occurred at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. According to CBS New York, Fifth Avenue is closed between 34th Street and 33rd Street. Traffic is stopped from East 42nd Street.

Some of the victims were reportedly found inside the lobby of the Empire State Building while some were found on the street, CBS New York reports.

There is a large police presence on the scene and the FBI has also responded, according to the station.

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