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2 dead in shootings near Empire State Building
 
As one of New York's most-visited attractions, it's not surprising the Empire State Building had a bedbug scare.
As one of New York's most-visited attractions, it's not surprising the Empire State Building had a bedbug scare.
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The perpetrator of Friday morning's deadly shooting near the Empire State Building was 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, a disgruntled former employee of Hazan Imports, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Up until a year ago, when he was laid off, Johnson had worked at the company as a designer of women's accessories. Kelly said the gunman approached his former manager in front of the company's office building adjacent to the Empire State Building on Friday morning and shot the 41-year-old man in the head. The victim, whose name has not been released, died at the scene. When Johnson was pursued by police past the Empire State Building's main entrance, he turned his gun on them, and was then shot and killed by NYPD officers. Nine other people were wounded during the exchange of fire, some of whom may have accidentally been shot by police. None of the wounded are thought to have life-threatening injuries. Bloomberg, an outspoken proponent of gun control, added that while New York City is the safest big city in the country, "we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence.... There are an awful lot of guns out there."

 

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