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2 Dead, 8 Injured in Empire State Building Shooting

2 Dead, 8 Injured in Empire State Building Shooting

A lone gunman shot and killed a former co-worker and wounded eight others in a shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday.

Jeffrey Johnson, a former women’s accessories designer for Hazan Imports, had apparently feuded with the 41-year-old victim over alleged workplace harassment. Both men had filed complaints against the other.

Johnson used a semi-automatic handgun, which he had concealed in a briefcase. He shot the victim three times, then engaged in a firefight with New York Police. Two officers and six bystanders were wounded in the crossfire. Johnson was shot and killed during the exchange.

Federal officials have ruled out terrorism as a motive.

The shooting marks another in a series of shoot-outs that have sparked a call for reduction in gun violence. 12 people were killed in a shooting in Aurora, Colo., seven more at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and last week two people died during a shoot-out at Texas A&M University. The shooting also came the morning after 19 people were shot and wounded in a series of incidents on Thursday night in Chicago.

President Barack Obama has expressed support for tougher gun laws, but has not made any concrete proposals, given opposition even within his own party. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has opposed any strengthening of gun laws.

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7:58AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

guns are only one way to kill people. violence will find a way.. people will just get more creative. everyone is going bat shit crazy

9:56AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Gloria H. said: 'I doubt if rifles and handguns, bottles and rocks are effective against tanks and trained militia. You wouldn't be a hero no matter how much ammo you have stock piled.'


Tell that to the brave men and women of the French Resistance during WWII. When their own army of tanks and trained militia laid down their arms to the Germans, but they fought on valiantly. Many were killed and entire villages of civilians were slaughtered for their actions..... while it is a horrible thing to happen, it shows just how much fear the resistance was able to instill into one of the fiercest organized armies the world has ever seen.

NEVER underestimate a BRAVE man or woman fighting for their home, their families, and their freedom. If you don't understand that, then maybe you are the type that lies down to die or flees while your countrymen fight on for their freedom and for those you are willing to leave behind in your cowardice.

Also; small, untrained groups of armed populations can cause havoc for large, trained armies..... ever heard of Afghanistan or Iraq?

8:21PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I do not believe we should ever give up our rights to self protection. Having been the victim and lucky survivor of several random violent events, I wish I had been armed at the time. When the sh@t hits the fan the police are not there to help you, they arrive AFTER the fact, at the time you only have yourself. I also would not want to live in a society where the only people armed are the criminals who will always find a way to get illegal guns and would find an unarmed populace easy pickings, the police who have a long track record of abuses, and the military. Crazy people will always find other ways to create mayhem, bombs, knives, all sorts of other weapons. Only decent law abiding people would be without self protection if guns were outlawed, that is not a good thing.

9:53PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

this is absolute craziness!!

9:54AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

WHAT A TRAGEDY

8:12AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

The other side of the argument. The stories which do not make national news

July 11, 2012
Grandmother wounds home invader, WTSP, Tampa Bay, Fla. 07/10/12, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla. 07/10/12

A grandmother was getting dressed at her home in Sarasota, Fla. when she heard a knock at the door. Unable to answer the door at that moment, the homeowner ignored the knock. A few minutes later an intruder wearing a bandana broke-in through a glass door in the back of the house. Seeing the home invader, the homeowner retrieved a .38-caliber handgun and fired twice at the criminal, causing him to flee. The police were able to locate the burglar after an anonymous tip led them to a nearby hospital where he sought treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm. A recording of the homeowner’s phone call to 911 reveals that she took no pleasure in her actions, as she told a dispatcher, “I’m so sorry. I would never hurt someone, but I was fearful of my life.”

6:24AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

And the Texas shoot-out was not AT Texas A&M. it was NEAR THE STADIUM. About two blocks away. The shooting had nothing to do with the university.

3:52AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

There have been comments written lately on Care2 concerning the accuracy of the article and this one is a good example. The eight wound were NOT wounded by the shooter they were wounded by police officers per the Chief of Police and the Mayor.

If trained police officers can't get it right allowing untrained citizens to armed themselves will only make matters worse and more innocent lives harmed or lost.



3:24AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Tougher gun laws will not US less violent.

3:09AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

NYC has some of the stictest gun laws on the books. Remember NY Giant football star and Superbowl hero Plaxico Burress who was sentenced to two years in prison for accidentally shooting himself in the leg. Could you have imagined how bad it could have been in a place with much less stringent gun laws. Only one dead and eight injured when someone opens up on the streets of downtime Manhattan. Undeniably, a tragedy no doubt but much worse in a state where they sell semi-automatic assault rifles in the Walmarts.

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