Multiple people have been wounded, and at least two people are dead, after a shooting outside the Empire State Building in the Midtown area of Manhattan on Friday morning.
The shooting occurred at Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street around 9 a.m. ET, New York City's ABC 7 reported. The New York Post reported that the incident was the result of a co-worker dispute, and that eight people were wounded, and two people—the shooter and a bystander—have died.
The shooter followed his coworker down 33rd Street, and shot him outside of Legend's Bar, the Post reported. He then went to the landmark building and fired into a crowd of pedestrians during the morning rush hour.
Police shot and killed the gunman near the tourist entrance of the Empire State Building, The Associated Press and other outlets reported.
The number of fatalities has not been made official. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.
Police cordoned off a one-block perimeter around the Empire State Building after the shooting. Around 10 a.m., a lone tourist bus headed down Fifth Avenue, and a guide could be heard over the bus's mic explaining they were nearing the landmark. As police waved the bus to detour down 36th Street, the guide was openly mystified. "I don't know what's going on, folks," he said, as the bus turned. By then the bus's passengers were looking up at the sky at a news helicopter floating overhead. Some stood, clutching their cameras.
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