The shots at the Empire State Building were heard around 9am.
Two people were found dead (including the suspected shooter, 56-year-old Jeffrey Johnson), and there have been at least 8 reported to be wounded.
Six are currently in non-life-threatening condition at Bellevue Hospital.
At 11am, Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference to address the tragedy that just took place in his beloved city.
An avid supporter of gun control, Bloomberg says:
"Earlier this morning, a man who had been fired from his job about a year ago began shooting. He killed one person, at least nine shot. Some may have been accidentally shot by the police.
I ask everyone to keep victims in their thoughts. This is a terrible tragedy, and it would be no doubt more tragic without the heroic acts of the policemen. Every day, the police put their lives on the line to save lives bravely.
NYC is the safest big city in the country, but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence. This is the beginning of an investigation. Two are dead — the perpetrator and his victim. He does not appear to have a criminal record [at this time]. We're just starting this investigation."
This will no doubt encourage conversations regarding gun control. With this incident and the Dark Knight Massacre happening with so little time in between, we're sure many more will now listen to the stance Bloomberg takes on the issue.
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