[Multiple updates below.] Multiple people have been shot and at least one killed in a shooting near the Empire State Building.
At least eight people were shot when gunfire broke out at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue around 9 a.m. today Police said the gunman was shot and killed.
There is a large police presence on the scene. The conditions of the victims are unknown. It’s still not clear what led to the shooting.
Fifth Avenue is shut down between 34th Street and 33rd Street. Traffic has been closed from East 42nd Street.
This is a developing story.
Update, 9:52 a.m.: The incident occurred following a dispute between coworkers. Two people – the gunman and an innocent female bystander – are dead. A total of 10 people were shot.
Cops killed the gunman shortly after 9 a.m. It’s unclear what sparked the deadly argument, which happened in the heart of the morning rush on a street loaded with commuters and tourists.
The victims were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and Bellevue.
Update, 10:43 a.m.: Sources say that the gunman was a disgruntled employee who was fired Thursday from his job inside the Empire State Building. The shooter may have been targeting a coworker, who is believed to have been killed, before opening fire on bystanders.
Witnesses described the shooter as a tall man in a gray suit.
Mayor Bloomberg is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m.
It is not clear if this morning’s shooting was premeditated, nor was it known if the victims were targeted or shot at random.