New York police officials have informed that the Empire State Building shooting that took place earlier on Friday was carried out by 53-year-old, Jeffrey Johnson, an accessories designer.
The shooting just outside the entrance of New York City's landmark building, left two people dead - the shooter and his former boss - and at least 10 others wounded (4 gunshot wounded) on Friday, August 24.
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According to Yahoo! News, Johnson was targeting his boss after being laid-off from his job at Hazan Imports last year.
The New York Post reported that Johnson followed his boss down 33rd street and shot him outside Legends Bar. Johnson fatally shot the victim three times.
When Johnson noticed that police officers were approaching him, he started shooting but the police finally killed him, said Michael Bloomberg, NYC's mayor.
CNN is reporting that the shooter was holding a rifle or shotgun.
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.
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.
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.
Video of the scene in the shooting's aftermath