Empire State Building Shooting: Eight Victims Shot By Police, Sources Tell The Voice


Empire State Building Shooting: Eight Victims Shot By Police, Sources Tell The Voice

By James King

Village Voice

August 24, 2012

Eleven people were shot at the Empire State Building this morning, the majority of whom were shot by police, sources now tell the Voice.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg confirmed at a press conference this morning that there’s a chance some of the victims were accidentally shot by police who were trying to take out the initial gunman, 53-year-old Jeffery Johnson. We’re told eight of those wounded were shot by police, who were returning fire at Johnson, who pointed a 45-caliber handgun at officers and witnesses say fired at least one round. However, it’s unclear whether he actually fired the weapon.

Before any alarm bells are rung, it should be noted that Johnson drew his gun on officers before fatally meeting the business end of a cop’s service weapon, so the police were more than justified in taking him out. But the fact remains: eight people were shot by police this morning.

The scene at the Empire State Building this morning, by all accounts, was pretty chaotic, as people ran for cover as gunshots rang out on a crowded street in midtown Manhattan.

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