A gunman opened fire outside the Empire State Building on Friday morning, moments after killing a former coworker on the sidewalk outside the Manhattan landmark. The incident sparked a shootout with New York City police officers that eventually left the gunman dead and a number of bystanders injured.
The suspect had reportedly been recently laid off from his job as a women's accessories designer. Initial reports suggest that witnesses may have been struck by stray bullets, including crossfire from police.
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) said he was "shaken" by news of the shooting, which happened "at an hour when many New Yorkers are starting their workday and hundreds of tourists are visiting."
Below, a slideshow of other politicians' reactions to the shooting:
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"Today's shooting near the Empire State Building is a tragedy for New York City and our entire state," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in a statement. "My administration, including members of the State Police, is actively monitoring the situation and working closely with city law enforcement agencies to ensure that the safety of New Yorkers and those visiting New York City comes first. I commend members of the New York Police Department, as well as the first responders and civilians, who acted bravely and took swift action to save the lives of others and prevent this tragedy from becoming much worse. Our state has no tolerance for senseless acts of violence that harm our people, and we will do everything possible to ensure that law enforcement officials have the tools they need so residents of the city and tourists can enjoy everything New York City has to offer without fearing for their own safety and security. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my condolences to the friends and family of the innocent victim who died in this attack, and wish those who were injured in today's shooting a speedy recovery."
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