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Empire State Shooter

Shot Dead

On Sidewalk

8/24/2012 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Empire State Building Shooting -- Gunman Jeffrey Johnson Shot Dead on Sidewalk
The man who gunned down several rush-hour commuters outside the Empire State Building this morning was killed in a hail of police gunfire ... in plain view of the public.

53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson was fired from his job last year at Hazan Imports, a woman's clothing store ...  across the street from the Empire State building. He returned this morning around 9AM for revenge, shooting and killing a former co-worker with a .45-caliber handgun.

The streets were packed with tourists and commuters at the time -- and according to police, Johnson fled the scene ... walking up 5th Avenue with his gun concealed in a black bag under his arm.

An eyewitness who saw the shooting alerted nearby officers who then approached Johnson -- and cops claim Johnson responded by taking out his gun and opening fire.

The officers returned fire, killing Johnson -- and upwards of 9 bystanders were injured in the crossfire.

Mayor Bloomberg released a statement saying, "What I want to do is assure everybody this has nothing to do with terrorism."

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Cirrus Unicus    

Shame on you, TMZ.

769 days ago
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karenjj    

he looks like he's planking.....

769 days ago
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LindaLu    

Tacky

769 days ago
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Latch Johnson    

So this guy was a celebrity? I don't get this posting. Is this News Week now?

769 days ago
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BlindFury    

Man you never know who is going to flip the f@ck out next.

769 days ago
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Kabala    

They won't be coddling him - he's dead.

769 days ago
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EMB    

Up next another story about the Kartrashians.

769 days ago
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Jay W.     

Cops shot him... good !

769 days ago
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Meggie24    

So TMZ puts a "star" on Prince Harry's rear end so that we couldn't see his bum crack, but they post a pic of a corpse lying in the street? Not only is TMZ's judgement way off but posting that corpse pic was way over the ethical line.

769 days ago
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Selden83    

So you wont show the Tony Scott pics but this is ok?

769 days ago
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sue    

This violence will only get worse. The rich don't have a clue what the "workers" are going throuh...not to say that this is OK because it IS NOT...it is AWFUL....
Such madness..God help us...

769 days ago
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Brandy    

Sassyjabber: Shame on TMZ for what...showing what happens when you decide to open fire on a crowd of innocent people. I say way to go TMZ maybe now these losers will think twice before attempting to take someone else's life.

769 days ago
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Rafael    

Hey TMZ! Are you CNN now?

769 days ago
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DaveT    

Bad choice, Killing isn't the answer.
Most of us have had co-workers who were so vindictive and underhanded that we've wanted to strangle them.
Really.
But you can't live your life looking back at people who wronged you and spend your energy on thinking of revenge.
It's like carrying around a sack of manure and then pulling it off your back every couple days to open the bag and sniff it.
Just make your own life miserable.
And that co-worker in your life, whoever it is, may be a total ass, but they're still human and still have family who care about them, it's not right to kill them and leave their family devastated.
This guy may have had good reason to feel offended and want revenge, but at the end of the day he turned himself into a worse person than his offenders, and ultimately deserved to die for his actions.

769 days ago
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berns123    

As he should be DEAD....SO LONG YOU SICK SOB!!!

769 days ago
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