Several People Shot Near Empire State Building, NYPD Says

In this frame grab from WABC-TV, emergency personnel respond to reports of several people being shot outside the Empire State Building, on Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. Authorities say the shooter is dead. Photograph: WABC-TV via APiVnKoG687fwg Several People Shot Near Empire State Building, NYPD Says

 

As many as 10 people were injured, four of them shot, after a gunman opened fire near the Empire State Building in Manhattan, said Detective Martin Speechley. One of the man’s victims died, the New York Times reported, citing an unidentified official.

 

Police killed the gunman, Speechley said.

Emergency personnel arrived soon after a call about the shooting came in about 9 a.m., prompting police to close Fifth Avenue near 34th Street and diverting traffic in busy Midtown, according to television reports on WABC 7.

Several victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, the television station reported, and ABC helicopter images showed a body under a sheet in front of the Empire State Building’s entrance.

Rebecca Fox, 27, who lives in the borough of Queens, was walking on 34th Street near Fifth Avenue when she saw a woman who was shot in the foot lying on the ground. The apparent shooter was also on the ground nearby.

“There was blood all over the ground,