Transcript for Empire State Building Shooting Suspect: Fired Worker
Police officers put their lives on the line to protect us. They did so again today responding immediately and they were joined by a number of civilians whose bravery and a distance probably also save lives. A New York City -- you know is the safest big city in the country and we're on pace to ever record no. Low number of murders this year. But we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence. Let me now turn it over to commissioner telling -- Thank mister Merriam I want to stress that what we have. His preliminary information -- an ongoing. Investigation of course. At 903 this morning. In front of ten west 33 street. A disgruntled former employee of a company at that address. Shot and killed a former coworker. Striking him three times. The subject Jeffrey Johnson age 53. Then fled eastbound on west 33 street. The Fifth Avenue when he walked northbound along -- colorblind. With a 45 caliber handgun to create and a black Baghdad he had on to resolve. A construction worker who had followed Johnson from west 33 street. Alerted to uniformed police officers. Who -- on post in front of the empire state building's Fifth Avenue entrance. As part of our counterterrorism coverage. As the two officers approached Johnson. He pulled his 45 caliber semiautomatic pistol from his bag and fired on the officers. Who returned fire killing him. An additional nine individuals. Were either wounded or -- during the exchange. Six of whom were removed to Bellevue hospital. And three to new York presbyterian. Cornell medical center. All are not likely to die. Johnson have been employed for six years -- -- and imports. HA CA and imports as a designer of women's accessories. During a downsizing at the company about a year ago Johnson was laid off. In a dispute with one of the former employees have as a in front of the building Johnson produced a pistol and fired at close range. Striking his 41 year old victim in the head. -- withholding the victim's identity until family notification can be -- The area in and around the Empire State Building remains an active crime scene with Fifth Avenue closed from just below 42 street. 233. Street. 33 street is closed between Madison avenue and avenue of -- 34 street is closed between seventh and Madison it. -- -- -- let me just stressed that this is the beginning of an investigation. There were. Lot of people that were injured. Two were dead the corporate trader and his victim. Nobody else thank god. But the rest is -- -- doing an investigation.
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