NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A disgruntled ex-employee opened fire near the Empire State Building Friday morning, killing his former co-worker before he himself was shot and killed by police.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly identified the gunman as Jeffrey Johnson of Manhattan.

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At 9:03 a.m. Friday, police said Johnson walked into Hazan Imports at 10 West 33rd St., where he had worked for six years and got into a dispute with his former co-worker before shooting him three times, Kelly said.

Johnson, 58, was a designer who was also an artist. A website registered to him carries images of T-shirt designs. One of the more bizarre works is an illustration of a pirate ship on a Website registered to Jeffrey Johnson.

Here’s how he describes this illustration:

Pirate Beach Party

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After a lucrative foray down the coast of Calais, the pirate captain is planning a grand beach party to celebrate while the sails are furled.”

Another illustration is called “Wading into the warm summer ocean along Sarasota Bay.”

Wading Into Sarasota Bay Toward a Pirate Ship (credit:

Its description reads as follows: Wading into the warm summer ocean along Sarasota Bay, she glanced back at me before confidently swimming out to the Pirate ship.

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