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Bloomberg Confirms: One Dead, Bystanders Accidentally Shot By Police In Workplace Shooting

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New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have given a press conference to confirm the details of today’s shooting at the Empire State Building in Manhattan.

Bloomberg and Kelly have confirmed a significant amount of information about the shooting, including the fact that several civilians may have been caught in the crossfire between New York City Police Officers and the suspect, identified as Jeffrey Johnson, 53.

Johnson was downsized from the company in which he worked as an accessory designer, Hazen Imports. The layoff that sparked the shooting, in which a co-worker of Johnson’s died, is said to have occurred last year.

Mayor Bloomberg is currently answering questions, but explains that little information is available about Johnson and his history, as the investigation is currently in its preliminary stages.

Reports have asked the Mayor whether reports some civilians have returned fire during the shootout, perhaps leading to further casualties, but Bloomberg confirms that there is “no evidence” anyone but the shooter and NYPD officers fired any bullets.

Bloomberg and Kelly also say that it is likely all wounded in the shooting will survive, and that victims were taken to two hospitals.

As the press conference concluded, Mayor Bloomberg reiterates that little is currently known about the shooter and the shooting, and that information will be released throughout the day from One Police Plaza. Investigators are currently looking into Jeffrey Johnson and the shooting itself, but little is known except for the fact that he shot a former co-worker in the head.

In the gunfire on the street between Jeffrey Johnson and the NYPD officers, seven men and two women are said to have been hit, all are likely to survive their injuries.

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56 Responses to “Bloomberg Confirms: One Dead, Bystanders Accidentally Shot By Police In Workplace Shooting”

  1. Christian Miller

    A field day for lawyers in New York City! Bystanders–several of them–shot by the police? Big payday coming for lawyers at City taxpayer expense.

  2. Johann Erickson

    Only let police have guns; because they know how to use them.

  3. Tommy TL Leamy

    Go figure the only people who supposedly "need" guns can't even shoot them well.

  4. Anonymous

    I think the best way to convince civilians to disarm is for the police and all of Mike Bloomberg's bodyguards to lead by example and disarm first. Prove they are serious. Police in Great Britain don't carry guns.

  5. Jeff Capron

    I thought NYC had the best gun laws in the country? Gee, what happened?

  6. Ric Neumann

    Yep they sure do. They shot a bunch of bystanders. One armed citizen on the scene would have taken this guy out and the problem solved.

  7. Ric Neumann

    Yep they sure do. They shot a bunch of bystanders. One armed citizen on the scene would have taken this guy out and the problem solved.

  8. Ric Neumann

    Yep they sure do. They shot a bunch of bystanders. One armed citizen on the scene would have taken this guy out and the problem solved.

  9. Anonymous

    Looks like Bloomfail needs to ban cops from carrying firearms. Do your guys even train? One of the four basic firearms safety rules is "Be aware of your target and what is behind." Where these guys seriously shooting into a crowd? Wow, Mikey, wow. And you want civilians disarmed when your guys can't shoot? NY deserves what it gets at this point. They're beyond saving.

  10. Anonymous

    Looks like Bloomfail needs to ban cops from carrying firearms. Do your guys even train? One of the four basic firearms safety rules is "Be aware of your target and what is behind." Where these guys seriously shooting into a crowd? Wow, Mikey, wow. And you want civilians disarmed when your guys can't shoot? NY deserves what it gets at this point. They're beyond saving.

  11. Susan Fleetwood

    The research has proven that a majority of cops will NOT hit the person they are aiming for. The percent is very, very low. People have no idea.

  12. Susan Fleetwood

    The research has proven that a majority of cops will NOT hit the person they are aiming for. The percent is very, very low. People have no idea.

  13. Tommy TL Leamy

    The police would never disarm, because they know the criminals would never disarm… and because neither would ever disarm, WE SHOULD NEVER DISARM!

  14. Anonymous

    It looks like he needs to. Give them whistles, they can blow the whistle and let an armed citizen come save them.

  15. Jack Long

    Most inner city cops are horrendous marksmen. Nationwide officer average is something like 11 rounds per hit. Where as legal civilian shooting's involving criminals are a 3-4 round average per hit. Oh and of course this couldn't of taken place in NYC because guns are banned…. Bloomberg and his cops are a total joke. NYPD needs to have their guns taken away until each and everyone of the total hacks requalifies. By the way I've been shooting expert handgunl and long gun since I was 7. If any NYPD needs any lessons I charge $85/hr.

  16. Erik Balster

    We need TSA at all street corners and doorways to prevent this!

  17. Anonymous

    I don't know. Looks like the cops did more damage than the shooter.

  18. Anonymous

    Why would anyone ask him if civilians returned fire? This is New York city, where would this question come from? Was it one of hizzoners reporters asking out of liberal hope that a ccw could be to blame?

  19. Jeremy Christopherson

    yeah, thats what I mean…the collateral damage is terrible…

  20. Mark Matis

    How about a worthwhile gun ban for a change, Mayor? Strip your fine city's "Law Enforcement" of their guns before they kill MORE innocent citizens! After all, that is the logic you use elsewhere. Amadou Diallo clearly was not enough for the Blue Wall. May they rot where they belong for what they have done.

  21. Mark Matis

    How about a worthwhile gun ban for a change, Mayor? Strip your fine city's "Law Enforcement" of their guns before they kill MORE innocent citizens! After all, that is the logic you use elsewhere. Amadou Diallo clearly was not enough for the Blue Wall. May they rot where they belong for what they have done.

  22. Dave Hardesty

    You just might want to look at the stats regarding what you have stated regarding Great Britain with respect to violent crime.

    Year: 2003 http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/table_01.html US Violent Crime Rate: 475 per 100,000 citizens.

    Versus

    Year: 2003 http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/rdsolr1804.pdf UK Violent Crime Rate: 4,100 per 100,000 citizens.

    Th UK has very restrictive gun laws that prevent their citizenry from carrying guns and their police force largely does not carry guns. But it seems their people's inability to have guns has not made the less violent but actually more.

  23. Mark Matis

    Traitors from the bottom up. EVERY NYPD officer has sworn an oath to the Constitution. Yet NOT ONE OF THEM will even remotely bother to honor that oath. The stench is overwhelming.

  24. Christopher Clawson

    Everyone remember the crazy dude with the knife in time square last week? Police fire 12 shots but only hit the guy 6 times. Where did the other 6 rounds go and why is no one talking about this?

  25. Mark Matis

    Those other bullets only hit Mere Citizens, so they don't count…

  26. Justin Kelly Coble

    This is why the police need to be disarmed, they do not have some jedi like mastery no one else could hope to obtain. Police are not supposed to kill anyone, their job is to subdue and arrest not kill. The should only be issued non lethal weapons. This isn't the wild west anymore they don't need lethal weapons to begin with.

  27. James Collier

    I read an article where the cities that have strong bands on firearms have the police with the worst aim. (Data from certification scores).

  28. James Collier

    I read an article where the cities that have strong bands on firearms have the police with the worst aim. (Data from certification scores).

  29. Christopher Clawson

    NBC 4 just reported officers fired 16 times, striking the man six possibly seven times, leaving 9 rounds unaccounted for…what a coincidence that 9 innocent bystanders were shot. This is truly pathetic.

  30. Jan Johnson

    And don't FORGET the NYPD is looked at as THE PROFESSIONALS… What a crock…

  31. Jan Johnson

    NO! What needs to HAPPEN is the REINSTATEMENT OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT…

  32. Robert Reynolds

    As the Chair of the Public Safety Committee of Manhattan Community Board 12, I will be holding a Public Hearing in support of a resolution for passage of NYS Senate Bill S1427 & S1863 with an emphasis on personal self-defense, education & firearm training for women.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM.
    Isabella
    515 Audubon Avenue.
    New York, NY 10040.
    publicsafety@mancb12.org

    In New York State, the police have no duty to provide police protection to any particular individual. The Courts in New York have held that "generally, a municipality may not be held liable for the failure to provide police protection because the duty to provide such protection is owed to the public at large, rather than to any particular individual" (Conde v. City of New York, 24 AD3d 595, 596 [2005]; see Cuffy v. City of New York, 69 NY2d 255, 260 [1987]).

    Requiring an applicant to prove that “proper cause” exists for the issuance of a full carry permit when the state has no obligation to protect that individual person only heightens the tension between an individual’s constitutional right to defend themselves and their inability to do so when denied the opportunity to carry a handgun. This tension becomes a constitutional violation when “proper cause” is not interpreted to include selfdefense. In McDonald, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment applies to the States. However, the Court also discussed the right to self-defense.

    Bill S1427 PURPOSE: This proposed constitutional amendment would provide within the New York State Constitution for a right of the people to keep and bear arms for traditionally recognized purposes.

    Bill S1863 PURPOSE: This legislation would remove a gun licensing officer's ability to deny or restrict the issuance of licenses to law abiding citizens who have successfully undergone the state's strict application process and appropriate New York State and Federal Bureau of Investigations fingerprint background check required under law. In addition, this bill will conform New York State law to current ATF requirements regarding background checks for firearms transfers.

    If you live in New York State feel free to take a look at the information that I will be presenting as well as sign my on-line petition included at the link below. I hope that you will come out and support me as I support you. Fraternally.

    http://cavalierknight.com/documents.html

  33. Elizabeth Flax

    They're notw theorizing that they were wounded by bullets that ricocheted off of those 'counter-terrorist' flower pots. Most of them were hit in the thighs or lower legs.

  34. Jan Johnson

    Thank you… I will definitely give this a look. So sad that I will probably not be able to go, it's so close to where I live. I will post this information on my fb page. God Bless You!