A gunman identified as 58-year old Jeffrey T. Johnson shot and killed former coworker Steve Ercolino near the Empire State Building. Johnson attempted to flee the crime scene, but was foiled after a construction worker followed him on West 33rd Street and alerted police officers. Police approached Johnson, he aimed his gun at the officers, but did not fired. The police opened fire, killing him on the spot. The NYPD said officers fired 16 rounds with one officer shooting nine and another seven. Nine bystanders that were wounded that day.
Ray Kelly, New York Police Commissioner, said that all nine bystanders wounded in the Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire, not by the gunman, CNN reported. According to Kelly, of the nine wounded, three suffered gunshot wounds and six were hit by fragments caused by ricocheting bullets. Fortunately, none of the victims suffered life-threatening wounds.
These police officers probably had months if not years of gun training. And people think that civilians who no training would have killed Johnson without hurting anyone else.