New York Empire State Building was the scene of a workplace shooting this Friday. CBS News New York is reporting that a lone gunman reportedly shot his boss in the face, killing him, before opening fire on the other in the area, injuring ten others.
The gunman was shot and killed by police officers as one person other than the gunman was declared dead at the scene. Another person was taken to a hospital in a condition that was considered life threatening, an official said.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are on the scene, in addition to NYPD officers, an FBI spokesman said in an email.
According to one law enforcement official, the alleged shooter was an employee of a firm who appeared to be “disgruntled” after being recently fired.
A news briefing will be held at 11 a.m., officials said.
Friday’s shooting comes on the heels of several other public shooting sprees, including one inside a Colorado movie theater last month and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin several weeks ago.
Jill Greenwood, an account supervisor at Prosek Partners in the Empire State Building, said she heard several gun shots beginning at 9:04 a.m. Friday. In the minutes afterward, people inside the building began streaming out because an echo from the shots made it sound like they were coming from inside the building.
Later, she was told by building security the shooting took place outside the front of the entrance to the building’s observation deck at 34th Street and 5th Avenue.
“We heard these gunshots, it sounded like fireworks. So, we both got up and went to the window and looked down,” said Ms. Greenwood, a 30-year-old New York resident.
“I got out of a cab right there five minutes before it happened,” she added.
A spokesman for the building’s controlling owner, Malkin Properties, declined to comment.
The man was fired from his job Thursday, the law enforcement source told CBS News. He worked at Shanghai Happen Import and returned there to get money he was owed.
The FBI said that there is “no initial connection to terrorism.”
Witnesses described a chaotic scene.