August 24th, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) A fired worker wearing a full suit stalked his boss down a Midtown street, shot him dead and then turned his weapon on random pedestrians outside the Empire State Building — shooting as many as eight others before he was cut down by a cop on foot patrol.
The shooter has been identified as 53 year old Jeffrey Johnson.
The 9 a.m. mayhem sent commuters and tourists in a panicked scramble from the jam-packed intersection of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.
One of the victims, a woman from the Bronx, in her 20s, was on her way to Dunkin Donuts for her morning coffee when she heard the gunfire and realized she’s been shot. “She saw blood and said ‘Who got shot?’ and then she looked down and it was her. She never saw the gunman,” said her pal, Chris Collins, a 44-year-old lab tech at NYU.
“I said, ‘Erica, is that you?’ She was lying on the floor bleeding. She said, ‘I don’t want to die, I hope I don’t die. I don’t want to lose my leg.’
“In the ambulance we were laughing about it on the way to the hospital. There was another man in the ambulance – he got shot in the butt.”
The carnage started when Johnson followed his boss, who had fired him yesterday, down 33rd Street before opening fire outside Legend’s Bar, the sources said. With his target dead, he then headed over to the Empire State Building and did the unthinkable — unleashing a fusillade of shots in the heart of the morning rush on a street loaded with pedestrians.
An NYPD cop on foot patrol — part of the Critical Response Vehicle unit — killed Johnson with one shot. Some of the shot bystanders were hit in the buttocks and legs. The FBI is assisting in the investigation, which has caused a traffic nightmare in Midtown that has effectively shut down all of the streets around the scene.