Gunman dead after Empire State Building shooting

Gunman dead after Empire State Building shooting

At least four people were shot outside New York’s Empire State Building this morning and the gunman is dead, city officials have said.

The shootings happened just outside the city’s iconic skyscraper, a massive tourist attraction, at the height of the summer travel season and just after the morning rush hour.

A witness said the gunman was firing indiscriminately.

The junction at the heart of midtown Manhattan was quickly shut down.

Police said at least four people were wounded.

The fire department said paramedics were evaluating eight people but some of them may not have been shot.

"Their conditions are unknown," said Detective Martin Speechley from the New York Police Department.

"The only condition that I'm absolutely 100% certain of is the condition of the suspect, who was confronted by us and shot and killed."

Aliyah Imam told Fox 5 News television she was standing at a red light when a woman standing next to her fell to the ground. She said the woman was hit in the hip.

The gunman was “shooting indiscriminately at people”, Ms Imam said.

A fire department spokesman said it received a call about the shooting just after at 9am local time (2pm Irish time) and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.


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