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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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61.

Jerry McQueen    

Congrats TMZ... Just when I thought there was no way I could despise what you do more... you do this. You are a part of everything that is going wrong with this country. Decency has become a thing of the past.

789 days ago
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furious cupcakes    

Why is everyone blasting TMZ for this?
This man saw fit to murder a man dead in public, he had no problem leaving a body for others to see, why should he now not bare the same fate? You hypocrites see worse in the nightly news, video games and your summer blockbusters and do nothing to stop it....

789 days ago
63.

dodo    

The Cops Shot The Other 9(nine) people! read the article, and cross reference, this is crazy!

789 days ago
64.

Suzy     

I don't get how this isn't considered terroristic mr Bloomberg......

789 days ago
65.

Honeys Booboo    

At least he wore a nice suit to the shoot-out.
Went out in a blaze of glory, and in style.
.
Not like these young punk shooters, what with
their hoodies, and their athletic shoes.

789 days ago
66.

wingfreak    

I would like Bloomberg to define what terrorism is.

789 days ago
67.

Blacknwild    

*Alicia keys voice* NEW YOOOORK! CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF"

789 days ago
68.

Honeys Booboo    

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway
(on Broad...wayyyyy,,,)

789 days ago
69.

gamepro    

i guess karma really did kill him first he got fired then he had to get revenge by killing someone then he died by police

789 days ago
70.

thomas    

How many innocent bystanders have been killed so far by police cross-fire? The cops hurt more people than the shooter.

789 days ago
71.

OooooNooo!    

Still safer than Chicago -- 19 shot in Chicago LAST NIGHT.

789 days ago
72.

MISSA    

I have the solution...but I don't think most of America is ready for this...
TIGHTER GUN CONTROLS/RESTRICTIONS!
Never mind. You’re right that will never happen... We need to defend ourselves against ex-coworkers, ex-employers, and innocent citizens on the street.
It's time to face the gun fire people! How many innocent people need to die before this issue is taken seriously.

789 days ago
73.

FrankV    

Well I can see gun control is alive and not working well in NYC, maybe if they didnt keep law abiding people from having guns someone at the scene could of handled it rather than the police hitting people with multiple gun fire. Taking firearms from law abiding people is why idiots and criminals think they can do this stuff, look at Chicago another killing field with major firearm restrictions 5000 murders since 2001 and we have lost 2000 soliders in afganisatn for the same time period!

789 days ago
74.

FrankV    

Well I can see gun control is alive and not working well in NYC, maybe if they didnt keep law abiding people from having guns someone at the scene could of handled it rather than the police hitting people with multiple gun fire. Taking firearms from law abiding people is why idiots and criminals think they can do this stuff, look at Chicago another killing field with major firearm restrictions 5000 murders since 2001 and we have lost 2000 soliders in afganisatn for the same time period!

789 days ago
75.

helen    

Harvey please explain why this is ok but no shots of Tony Scott?

789 days ago
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