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Why Police Shot Civilians at The Empire State Building

Why Police Shot Civilians at The Empire State Building

An workplace shooting turned into a firefight that left nine civilians injured, many reportedly by police bullets...The “active shooter scenario.”

Joe Flood
BuzzFeed Contributor
Posted Aug 24, 2012 8:56pm EDT

In the wake of recent mass shootings in places like Aurora, Colorado and the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, a debate has raged over whether stricter gun control laws might have prevented the shootings, or if a more heavily armed populace might have been able to stop the shooters themselves. This morning's Empire State Building shooting, though, points up the difficulty that even trained law enforcement professionals have in dealing with what they call an “active shooter scenario,” in a crowded public place.

Nine bystanders were injured in the firefight between two police officers and the suspect, Jeffrey Johnson. An unnamed law enforcement official told the New York Times that most or all of the injuries came from the 16 rounds police fired at Johnson. Johnson, detectives speculated to the Times, probably got off one shot at police.

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