Investigators probing a fatal shooting outside New York’s Empire State Building say they’ve no evidence the gunman who shot a former co-worker dead fired at police.
Officials released CCTV footage showing 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson pointing his gun at officers shortly after his alleged attack. Police fired and killed him.
Johnson worked at a fashion accessories company but was laid off a year ago and was locked in a dispute with his alleged victim.
Nine passers-by were injured in the shooting. Investigators say they were likely hurt by police bullets, which ricocheted off objects placed near the landmark building.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quick to defend the city’s record: “New York City, as you know, is the safest big city in the country and we are on pace to have a record low number of murders this year, but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence.”
Locals said they were shocked that the apparent revenge attack happened in such a busy area in broad daylight.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s so sad that this has to happen in America,” said one woman.
Another New York resident said the government needed to take action to prevent tragedies like this one from happening again.
“You know they have to stiffen up their laws. There are people bringing guns from everywhere, bringing them here. It’s unfortunate,” he said.