A fired worker wearing a full suit stalked his boss down a Midtown Manhattan street and shot him dead outside the Empire State Building. He then engaged in a shootout with police officers, who unleashed a fusillade. Nine bystanders were wounded, some apparently by police gunshots, reports the New York Post. The 9 a.m. mayhem sent commuters and tourists in a panicked scramble from the jam-packed intersection of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.
The carnage started when the gunman followed his boss, who had fired him a year ago, down 33rd Street before opening fire outside a bar. Construction workers alerted police officers, and the shootout ensued.