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Empire State Building shooting: All 9 victims hit by police gunfire

Emergency vehicles respond to the scene of a shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
August 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
New York Police Department officials confirmed Saturday that all nine people wounded in a shooting between police and a gunman near the Empire State Building were struck by police gunfire.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said all the victims were all hit either by bullets or "fragments" of bullets fired by police and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two remain hospitalized, while a third was held overnight for observation due to elevated blood pressure, according to the NYPD.

The incident happened Friday when the gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, gunned down former co-worker Steven Ercolino outside the iconic landmark. Two officers caught up with Johnson a half block away and fatally shot him. A surveillance video shows Johnson pointing his gun at officers from 8 feet away. The officers fired 16 times and struck Johnson 10.

Police say Johnson had two live rounds in his .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol when he was shot. They initially believed the gun had misfired, however Kelly said investigators have examined the weapon and concluded Johnson did not try to fire on police.

Both officers have been assigned to administrative duties while a standard review of the shooting is conducted.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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