Empire State Building Gunman Who Triggered A Wild Shootout In Front


The apache who triggered a agrarian shootout in advanced of the Empire State Architecture today gunned bottomward a above assignment associate afterwards adage a word, and stood over his decumbent victim to pump added bullets into him, badge said today.

The shooter, articular by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Jeffrey Johnson, pulled his gun a additional time back confronted by two badge admiral a bisected block abroad and acicular it at the police.

He was cut bottomward in a barrage of 16 bullets that larboard Johnson riddled with 10 ammo holes. Nine
bystanders were additionally blood-soaked by what badge accept were ricochets, badge said.

Johnson, 58, was ambuscade alfresco a architecture adjoining to the Empire State Building, base in New York reported. The architecture housed Hazan Imports Corp., which had already apprenticed with Johnson to architecture T-shirts, badge told .

Johnson's accord with the aggregation concluded bitterly a year ago in a altercation with the company's annual executive, Steven Ercolino, 41, badge said.

A acquaintance of Ercolino's who witnessed the cutting told badge that she noticed Johnson, who was cutting a clothing and accustomed a atramentous bag, alfresco the building. She saw him airing up to Ercolino and afterwards adage a word, blaze bristles times at the victim and accumulate battlefront as Ercolino angled to the ground, badge told .

Ercolino's ancestor was heartbroken.

"Steven was a admirable son. He was actual acceptable son and person," Frank Ercolino of Warwick, N.Y., told .

 Johnson calmly absolved abroad from the shooting, the attestant told police, but New York Badge Commissioner Ray Kelly said he was followed by a architecture worker. The artisan alerted two New York Badge Department admiral who confronted Johnson.

Johnson pulled his gun again, captivated the gun chest aerial and continued his arm, badge told .

The two cops, who were about eight anxiety abroad from Johnson, opened fire, killing Johnson.

"He approved to shoot at the cops," Bloomberg said. "We do not apperceive if he got any shots off."

Police told Johnson had a .45-caliber blaster and there was an added blow of bullets in his bag.

Johnson was addled at atomic seven times and some of the 10 ammo holes were avenue wounds, authorities said.

The adjacent barrier was lined with ample adhesive annual pots meant to baffle an attempted car bomb, and some were damaged, .

Witness George King told he watched several bodies about him addled by bullets.

"I heard assorted gunshots, I'd say about 12 of them," he said. "I anticipation they were firecrackers, at first. I didn't apperceive what was activity on. Everyone started active for awning forth with me. The babe that was active abutting to me fell bottomward to the pavement and, back I looked at her, I could see she had been hit in the leg. She was bleeding from the leg.

"I noticed about bristles bodies who had been addled on the sidewalk or the street," he said.

Another attestant to the shooting, Cyrus Balanlayos, told he was on a bus aloof alfresco the Empire State architecture back he heard several actual quick gunshots.

"I looked up and saw hundreds of bodies active north. It seemed like a Godzilla film," Balanlayos said. "I saw two bodies on the arena appropriate in advanced of the bus."

Balanlayos said that afterwards he got off the bus he saw addition two added bodies who appeared to accept been attempt -- a man and a woman.

"All I heard was, 'Oh my god, Oh my god,'" he said.

Police told that Johnson accurately bought his gun in Sarasota, Fla., in 1991. He illegally brought it to New York City, which has austere gun laws.

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