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Brian Dillon, the construction worker who alerted police to the gunman outside the Empire State Building on Friday, is being hailed as a hero.
Dillon, who lives in Tuckahoe, NY, says he was working on a loading dock when he saw a man in a suit -- who was later identified as Jeffrey Johnson -- shoot another man in the head, Newsday reports. The man then began walking toward Fifth Avenue in an attempt to blend into the crowd.
"He just calmly turned around and walked away and I wasn't letting him get away," Dillon told NBC 4 New York. "I had to do what I had to do," he said.
Dillon followed Johnson until he spotted a police car, and then shouted out: "Get the guy in the gray suit! He just murdered somebody!"
Surveillance video shows Johnson then pointing the gun at the police, who immediately fired at him.
"Someone like that isn’t supposed to walk the street," Dillon told the New York Daily News. "I feel like someone else could have died. That's not supposed to happen," he said to the newspaper. "You get up in the morning, you go home at night, you don't die from bullets."
At a press conference on Friday, Mayor Bloomberg called Dillon a hero. "He saw something, he said something," Bloomberg said.
But the 44-year-old says that the police are the real heroes. "They are the ones who confronted the guy. I didn’t confront him, I just pointed him out," he told the Daily News.
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