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Local Leaders React To Fatal Shooting Near Empire State Building

Law enforcement stands near the covered body of a suspected shooter on 5th Ave. near the Empire State Building August 24, 2012. (credit: Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Law enforcement stands near the covered body of a suspected shooter on 5th Ave. near the Empire State Building August 24, 2012. (credit: Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A deadly shooting near the Empire State Building has prompted some local leaders to call for stricter gun control laws.

At 9:03 a.m. Friday, police said 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot and killed his former co-worker, setting off a showdown with police that left nine innocent bystanders injured, police said.

Johnson was shot and killed by police.

The incident, which comes less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police in Times Square, is prompting reaction from local lawmakers:

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

“Today’s shooting near the Empire State Building is a tragedy for New York City and our entire state. 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.”

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of today’s tragic shootings and their families. For those of us in government, and in law enforcement, the news of yet another mass shooting so close on the heels of the massacres at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and in Aurora, Colorado, should make it crystal clear that our current laws have failed to protect the public from gun violence. We must redouble our efforts to protect public safety so that New Yorkers don’t have to live in fear of the next deadly attack.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic events that unfolded this morning near the Empire State Building. On behalf of the Assembly, I offer our condolences and our prayers for the victims of this tragedy and for their families. There have been far too many victims of gun violence across the country, and today’s incident points to the need for sensible gun laws that ensure the safety and security of all.”

New York State Sen. Jose Peralta:

“I extend my condolences to the victim’s family and friends. For the wounded, I hope for a prompt and full recovery from their injuries. The tragedy is yet another horrific reminder of the urgent need to act to curb gun violence and end the bloodshed on our streets.”

New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris:

“My prayers go out for the victims of this morning’s horrific incident caused by yet another act of senseless gun violence. It is long past time to fix our gun laws to prevent future tragedies from occurring. To the victims’ families, stay strong and know our hearts are with you.”

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer:

“I share in the grief of families whose loved ones were shot this morning near the Empire State Building. When this kind of violence erupts on the sidewalks of our city, it affects all New Yorkers.  It tears at the heart of our City.  I wish a speedy recovery for all those who were injured and mourn the loss of life that took place today. We must redouble our efforts to pass tougher gun laws, and protect the public from future tragedies.”

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