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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