Update: Empire State Building attack: Two people confirmed dead, several injured

by Isi Esene

Two people have been confirmed dead in today’s shooting outside New York’s iconic Empire State Building. The shooter is reported to be among the dead.

“It’s just a crazy scene here,” said Rebecca Fox, who works across the street. She said she had been getting coffee with her headphones on when she saw people running.

Max Kaplan, another witness to the shooting said he heard at least nine shots and afterwards saw ambulances racing towards the scene.

Police authorities have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack.

When speaking about the location of the incident and a tendency for violence, Lou Palumbo, a retired police officer said, “There’s always a focus and concentration on the building.

“That building gets special attention.”

The Empire State Building is two blocks from Pennsylvania Station and a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal, two of New York City’s main transportation hubs.

The United States has had two other mass shooting cases this summer. On July 20, James Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire at a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58.

On August 5, a gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee before police shot him dead in an attack authorities treated as an act of domestic terrorism.

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