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Steven Ercolino, sales VP, reportedly identified as fatality in shooting near Empire State Building

NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: Law enforcement stands near the covered body of the suspected shooter 58-year-old Jeffery Johnson on 5th Ave. near the Empire State Building August 24, 2012 in New York City. Police said Johnson shot and killed a 41-year-old former coworker of Hazan Imports during an altercation at 10 W. 33rd St. with a .45 caliber handgun. At least 8 other people were wounded, at least some according to police by the New York City Police officers firing at the suspected shooter, and were taken to local hospitals to be treated for what New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg described as non-life threatening injures. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images) Andrew Kelly

Law enforcement near the covered body of suspected shooter 58-year-old Jeffery Johnson on 5th Ave. near the Empire State Building, Friday, August 24, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - The man allegedly shot and killed by laid-off women's accessories designer Jeffrey Johnson near the Empire State building on Friday has been identified as Steven Ercolino, 41, reports the Associated Press.

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A man who answered the phone at the home of Ercolino's parents in the city's suburbs says "he was a good son."

Police haven't released Ercolino's name, but a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed his identity.

"He was an incredible family man, loved his family," a woman who identified herself as Ercolino's sister-in-law, Andrea, told the Wall Street Journal.

According to his LinkdIn profile, Ercolino was the Vice President of Sales at Hazan Import Corp., which is located at 10 West 33rd street in New York City.

Police killed the alleged suspect, Johnson, and at least nine other people were wounded, some possibly by police gunfire, city officials said at a press conference. Some of the wounded were grazed by bullets and others hit directly, and all were expected to survive, officials said.

Johnson, 58, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he targeted the company's 41-year-old office manager Friday, shooting him three times, once in the head. The two had traded accusations of harassment when Johnson worked there, Kelly said. The shooting occurred on the street on the Fifth Avenue side of the Empire State Building.

Johnson walked away, and a construction worker who saw the shooting followed Johnson and alerted police, officials said. Surveillance video footage shows Johnson reaching into a bag, pulling out a .45-caliber pistol and pointing it at officers, Kelly said. The officers drew their weapons and started firing, killing Johnson, Kelly said.

The two officers fired a total of 14 rounds, he said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been shot by police in the mayhem. Johnson's semi-automatic weapon was equipped to fire at least eight rounds; at least one round was left in the clip, police said.

Johnson worked at the company for about six years and was laid off because of downsizing, Kelly said.

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