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This morning became “Slaughter on 5th Ave.” Disgruntled employees are striking back and mark my words this is only the beginning. The New York Court system is backed up and vigilante style will continue. Laid off from his job as a designer of women’s accessories at Hazan Imports (10 West 33rd), Jeffrey Johnson, 58 had a longstanding dispute with 41-year-old Steven Ercolino over allegations of harassment in the workplace. He had filed prior complaints. Today in front of the Empire State Building, Johnson, 58, had finally had it with his ex-boss, carrying a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun with extra ammunition in his briefcase, the man who had no criminal record, shot the owner at least three times. Fleeing the scene he was killed as officers fired 14 rounds and in the crossfire or by ricocheting bullets, two women and seven men were injured.
A video by an Australian tourist, offers a glimpse of two police officers with their guns drawn over a man who is lying on his back. The man appears to be alive, with his hands partially outstretched. The video shows the others who were injured, as bystanders seek shelter on 5th Avenue. Two police officers are being treated at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital Center, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. These injuries are not considered life-threatening, nor are the injuries to the people caught in the cross fire.
The Empire State Building is New York City’s best-known tourist attractions, with 4 million people visiting the building’s two observation decks. At more than 1,453 feet tall, the landmark building reaches more than a quarter-mile into the sky.