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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.

 Law enforcement stands near the covered body of the suspected shooter 53-year-old Jeffery Johnson
Law enforcement stands near the covered body of the suspected shooter 53-year-old Jeffery Johnson (Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

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.

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