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Shooting Reported at NY Empire State Building

In photo from WABC-TV, emergency personnel respond to reports of several people being shot outside the Empire State Building, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. Authorities say the shooter is dead.
Several people have been wounded and one killed in a shooting incident outside New York City's Empire State Building, in which the apparent shooter was killed by police.

The Associated Press quoted a city fire department spokesman as saying that paramedics were evaluating eight people in connection with the incident, but that some of them may not have been shot.

The Empire State Building

  • located at 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
  • has 103 floors
  • 443 meters tall, including broadcast tower
  • took one year and 45 days to build
  • construction started in 1929
  • observation deck opened in 1931
  • cost of property and construction was $41 million
A witness told Fox 5 television that a woman next to her was shot in the hip and that the gunman was "shooting indiscriminately at people."

A CNN producer at the scene quoted witnesses as saying that a man had taken out a large gun and shot another in the head.

The network reported that an Empire State building guard chased the armed man and was joined by police, who shot and killed the suspect.

CNN and the Reuters news agency quoted a law enforcement source as saying the incident was not terrorism-related.