Confirmed shooting outside the Empire State Building, per NYPD. Multiple victims.—
Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) August 24, 2012
Shortly after 9 a.m. EDT, the New York City emergency units were dispatched to the scene of a shooting at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.
There are conflicting reports on casualties.
The Associated Press is reporting that the shooter is dead.
Twitchy will monitor developments and update as more information becomes available.
Updated casualty reports are coming in:
The shooting reportedly took place at two separate locations: one outside the Empire State Building and another in the lobby of a building:
Images from the scene:
Reuters is reporting that eight individuals have been shot, including the gunman.
CBS reports 10 shooting victims, one critical:
Was there a specific target?
New York’s ABC affiliate is reporting the shooting as a “workplace dispute”:
The New York Post has the same account:
The Post also reports two fatalities, a female victim and the shooter.
The incident is not thought to be linked to terrorism at this time.
But clearly details are still emerging and some reports are still conflicting.
Mayor Bloomberg will be politicizing, er, speaking at 11 a.m.
Not that he would do anything like that:
ATF agents are on the scene.
The latest report on the victims:
The Empire State Building is reportedly on lockdown.
President Obama has been notified.
More on the suspected shooter:
Warning: The photos linked from these tweets are graphic. It is not yet clear if this is indeed the shooter.
Mayor Bloomberg confirms there were two deaths: the gunman and one victim.
The shooter has been identified:
The woman he shot and killed was 41 years old.
Media outlets are now reporting that the 41-year-old victim was a man:
The New York Post is reporting that this man was alleged shooter Jeffrey Johnson’s former boss, Steve Ercolino.
Steve Ercolino has been identified as the former co-worker shot and killed by Johnson. Ercolino has been the Vice President of Sales at Hazan Import Corp. since December 2005.
The Wall Street Journal has posted more photos from the scene:
There is speculation that several of those wounded were hit by stray bullets fired by NYPD officers. In his press conference today, Mayor Bloomberg suggested that this was the case.
It appears that at least one of the people shot today was in fact accidentally hit by a police officer:
The relevant passages from The New York Times:
Mr. Johnson, the commissioner said, was carrying a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun “in a bag under his arm.” It had a capacity of eight bullets, officials said, adding that Mr. Johnson had fired three at Mr. Ercolino, who was apparently a vice president at Hazan Imports. Mr. Bloomberg said Mr. Johnson pulled out his gun “and tried to shoot the cops and kill the cops.”
At Bellevue Hospital Center, Robert Asika, 23, a ticket seller for Gray Line tours. emerged with his right arm in a sling. “The bullet came in and went out,” he said. “I’m very lucky.”
Mr. Asika said he had been shot by a police officer. Asked how he felt about that, he said, “I guess, you know, stuff happens.”
Eleven people, including Johnson and Ercolino, were shot this morning.
As of now, this theory has not been confirmed.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the nine surviving victims were in fact shot by NYPD officers:
“For these police officers, their world changed in an instant,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. “It went from busy but uneventful in terms of crime… to a situation within seconds where they were confronted by a man with a gun.”
The NYPD duo fired 16 rounds at Johnson before the killer could squeeze the trigger even once.
Nine people were wounded, all from police gunfire, although none of the wounds were life-threatening, cops said. Most of the injuries were to the legs, feet and arms, cops said.
Twitterers are offering their condolences and sending prayers: