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Two Dead, Several Wounded In Empire Building Shooting

Police lean over a sheet covered body on Fifth Avenue as they investigate a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York.
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Police lean over a sheet covered body on Fifth Avenue as they investigate a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York.

A recently fired store worker shot a former colleague to death and then randomly shot others near the Empire State Building before he was shot by police officers, reports the Associated Press.

According to New York City fire officials, FDNY received a call around 9 a.m. Friday, and responded with emergency units to the scene.

The shooting occurred at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. According to local police, eight other people were struck by bullets when the shooting started on the Fifth Avenue side of the building, but those injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

According to AP, two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the gunman, who NYPD have identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, previously worked at a store inside the landmark skyscraper.

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