2 killed, 9 injured in shooting near Empire State Building

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A disgruntled former employee shot and killed an ex-coworker before being shot dead outside the Empire State Building by police, who sources said wounded nine bystanders as bullets sprayed across the crowded street during Friday’s morning rush.

The suspected gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, 58, who was laid off a year ago, approached a former co-worker on the street and shot him three times, killing him, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Johnson’s victim was not officially identified, but a law enforcement official told NBC News he was Steve Ercolino, 41, a vice president at Hazan Imports, where Johnson had worked until last year.

A police report from last year said that on April 27, 2011, Johnson threatened Ercolino, saying, “I am going to kill you.”

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2 killed, 9 injured in shooting near Empire State Building

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