Thank God for the NYPD and the tough NYC gun laws. If we didn’t have Bloomberg’s Army who would clean up all the blood from the 10 people that were shot? Anyone who thinks having more police, outlawing guns, and depending on the authorities to protect us is either brain dead or a complete nitwit. The police don’t protect anyone. They show up after the death and destruction and interview the victims and witnesses. Next up – Bloomberg holds a press conference hailing his army, railing against guns, and calling for an increase in the NYPD budget.
My TBP reporters on the ground say the incident was spurred by somone trying to smuggle a 32 ounce Coke into the Empire State Building.
Up to 10 Shot Outside Empire State Building; Suspect Dead
Police say at least four people but as many 10 individuals were shot outside the Empire State Building Friday morning and the gunman is dead.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the gunman’s wound was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by police.
Authorities said emergency personnel received a call about the shooting at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street just after 9 a.m. and that units were on the scene within minutes. The FBI is also on the scene.
The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately clear. The conditions of the people shot also weren’t known.
At least one person was seen being taken away in a stretcher.
Anyone traveling in the area is advised to expect road closures and detours.
In 1997, a 69-year-old man opened fire on the observation deck of the iconic landmark, killing one person and wounding six before shooting himself in the head. The gunman, Ali Abu Kamal, was taken to the hospital, where he died more than five hours after self-inflicting the fatal wound.
Law enforcement officials believe the 1997 attack was pre-meditated.
It is not clear if Friday morning’s shooting was premeditated, nor was it known if the victims were targeted or shot at random.