Cops Identify NYC Shooter

Jeffrey Johnson, 53, killed former manager, say police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2012 11:32 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Some details are starting to clarify about this morning's shooting spree near the Empire State Building that left two dead and nine injured:

  • The shooter has been identified as Jeffrey Johnson, 58, a clothing designer who got laid off about a year ago from apparel company Hazan Imports in the city.
  • Johnson reportedly returned to the workplace with a .45-caliber handgun and fatally shot a 41-year-old manager on the front sidewalk, on West 33rd Street near the Empire State Building.
  • Witnesses say the shooter then tucked away his gun and walked away, and police credit a construction worker with pointing him out to two nearby officers on foot patrol. A chaotic gunfight ensured, with nine bystanders injured. All are expected to survive. Johnson himself was killed.
  • Some of those wounded in the street may have been struck by police bullets.
  • "Police confronted him and asked him to stop," says one witness. "Right in front of Fifth Avenue, he opened his briefcase and pulled out a gun and started shooting."
More details at the AP, the New York Times, the Daily News, and DNA Info. (Read more Empire State Building stories.)

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