ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Bystanders and police look on as a man lies on the sidewalk after a shooting incident near the Empire State Building in New York August 24, 2012. Two people were killed and at least eight wounded in the incident. (Photo : REUTERS/Mickey C. Marrero)
New York police officials have informed that a shooting just outside New York City's Empire State Building has left two people dead, including the shooter, and at least 10 others wounded on Friday, August 24.
The shooting occurred at about 9 a.m. and as soon as the gun shots were heard, the heavily transited area was thrown into panic.
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A woman who did not want to be identified and who works on fifth Avenue told the Latinos Post that she ran into a retail store after realizing what was happening.
"After what happened in Aurora, I started feeling it could happen anywhere. So as soon as I heard the shots, it was getting cover for me," she said.
The cause of the shootings is still unknown and Reuters is citing a familiar source saying "there was no apparent link to terrorism."
The Empire State Building is located on the busy and renowned Fifth Avenue near to Penn Station as well as Grand Central terminal - both heavily populated areas.
Other widely covered shootings this year include the Aurora theater shooting where 12 people lost their lives as well as the Sikh temple shooting that left seven people dead including the shooter.
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