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Several People Shot Near Empire State Building, NYPD Says
August 24, 2012               1:30 PM CT
A man fired from his job near the Empire State Building returned to his former workplace today and shot a co-worker, triggering a firefight with police near one of Manhattan’s most recognizable landmarks. The shooter and a 41- year-old man died, and as many as nine people were injured. The assailant, Jeffrey Johnson, was fired last year from his job as a women’s accessory designer at Hazan Imports Corp., Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news briefing. The 58-year-old Manhattan resident returned to the business on West 33rd Street and shot a manager in the head at close range on the street at 9:03 a.m. local time, Kelly said.

A New York Police officer keeps watch near the crime scene outside the Empire State Building on August 24, 2012 in New York City. Police said 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot and killed a 41-year-old former coworker of Hazan Imports during an altercation at 10 W. 33rd St. with a .45 caliber handgun.
Several people were injured in a shooting near the Empire State Building in Manhattan, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said today, declining further comment. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Johnson took a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol from his bag after two officers on counterterrorism patrol approached him fleeing the scene, Kelly said. A construction worker helped identify the shooter, who was dressed in a gray business suit. “The perpetrator pulled his gun out and tried to shoot at the cops,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters in a news briefing at the scene. “Whether he got off any bullets or not is to be determined. How many he shot earlier, to be determined. We do know that the cops fired back. The tape clearly shows that the guy has the gun out and was trying to kill the police officers.”

Friendly Fire

Today’s shooting is the third this month at a major tourist attraction in the most populous U.S. city. Yesterday, a street vendor near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx shot two competitors and on Aug. 11, police gunned down a knife-wielding man near Times Square. Some of today’s victims, all of whom are expected to survive, may have been shot accidentally by police, Kelly said. The injured included two women and seven men who were taken to hospitals. Johnson doesn’t appear to have a criminal record, said the mayor, who is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. The Wall Street Journal identified the slain victim as Steven Ercolino, citing a woman who gave her name as Andrea and said she was his sister-in-law. A man who answered a telephone listed in his name said, “Respect our sorrow, please,” before hanging up without giving his name.

Fatal Encounter

The New York Times reported that a woman who worked with Ercolino was walking with him when he was killed. Irene Timan, 35, was near their building when she saw Johnson behind a van, the newspaper reported. “I saw him pull a gun out from his jacket, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to shoot him’ — and I wanted to turn and push Steve out of the way,” Timan told the Times. “I knew it, I just knew it was going to happen. But it was too late. Steve screamed, Jeff shot him, and I just turned and ran.” Johnson and the victim made complaints to police last year accusing each another of verbal harassment, Detective Martin Speechley said. About 11:45 a.m., police removed a body clad in gray slacks in front of the Empire State Building’s entrance on Fifth Avenue. Evidence markers were scattered around the sidewalk. Another sheeted body on 33rd Street was taken away about 12:30 p.m. Rebecca Fox, 27, who lives in the borough of Queens, had been walking on 34th Street near Fifth Avenue when she saw a woman who was shot in the foot lying on the ground. The apparent shooter was prone nearby. “There was blood all over the ground,” she said. “I saw his head move, and I think he’s dead. I’m just in shock.”

Manhattan Monument

The 1,453-foot, 103-story skyscraper was completed in 1931. It was the tallest building in the world until New York’s World Trade Center was built in the early 1970s. Its 86th- and 102nd- floor observatories attract about 4 million visitors a year, according to its website. In 1997, a gunman opened fire on a crowd on its observation deck, killing one person. At least six people were injured. The New York shootings follow a series of mass killings, including one on July 20 near Denver, when a masked gunman opened fire in a suburban Aurora theater, killing 12 and injuring 58. James Holmes, a former graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Denver, faces multiple murder charges. from:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-24/several-people-shot-near-empire-state-building-n-y-police-say.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Jeffrey Johnson

1                  8

 the most important thing for him not to do = JH = 18 = Going nuts.  Losing his mind.  Acting like a madman.  Acting insanely. 

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