Jeffrey Johnson ID’d as Empire State Building Shooter
NYC officials have identified 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson as the suspect in the Empire State Building shooting.
Wearing a grey suit, Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45 caliber pistol around 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. He was shot dead by police.
Johnson, 53 of Manhattan, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports and targeted a 41-year-old former colleague, shooting the man 3 times in the head, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
A construction worker followed Johnson, then spoke to police nearby. Johnson turned his .45-caliber pistol on officers and they returned fire, Kelly said. Johnson was shot and killed by police.
WNBC reports Johnson and the co-worker filed harassment charges against each other. Bloomberg at his press conference said Johnson did not have a criminal record.