UPDATE: The gunman has been identified as Jeffrey Johnson, a 53-year-old women's accessories designer.
According to tentative news reports, nine people were shot outside the Empire State Building in New York City this morning. Two people are dead, including the shooter himself. Reports are still changing at this time, and it's still too early to understand exactly what's happened. While NYC is our neck of the woods, we are farther downtown from this tragedy, so we're relying on our colleagues uptown to keep you posted.
In a press conference, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "this has nothing to do with terrorism...New York City is the safest city in the country but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence." (Huffington Post)
Here's the latest from Twitter on this shocking, terrifying, saddening event:
Raw footage from AP shows the chilling scene. Even at our downtown offices, it's eerily quiet outside and there are helicopters everywhere.
Update: The Post reports that Empire State Building shooting started as "a dispute between coworkers." nym.ag/MQyxwo— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 24, 2012