Shooting brings chaos to Empire State Building

By COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Published: August 25, 2012
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NEW YORK — A laid-off clothing designer fatally shot an executive at his former company outside the Empire State Building on Friday, setting off a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world’s best-known landmarks. Officers killed the gunman and at least nine others suffered minor wounds, likely all of them by stray police gunfire, authorities said.

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Skyscraper remains open

Gunshots so close to the Empire State Building, one of New York City’s leading tourist attractions, immediately prompted fears of terrorism, but federal officials said that wasn’t the case, and a guard at the skyscraper said it didn’t involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.

Metal detectors and bag searchers have been standard at the 102-story skyscraper since 1997, when a gunman opened fire on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing one tourist and wounding six others before fatally shooting himself.

Millions of tourists ascend its heights to gape over the city from its observation deck. The skyscraper and its observatories remained open throughout the mayhem Friday, the building’s owner said.

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