10 people shot outside Empire State Building!

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10 people shot outside Empire State Building!
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 11:28am

Wow. I couldn't believe the headline when I saw it this morning! It doesn't appear to be linked to terrorism (not that it makes it any less horrific) :

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/24/shooting-reported-outside-empire-state-building/?hpt=hp_t1

Two people are confirmed dead, one of them is the shooter. I hope the other ones that were shot do not have serious injuries. Scary how this happening more and more frequently! :smileysad:

Thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this latest shooting.

Lisa 

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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 8:51pm

When I first read about it this morning, I immediately assumed the guy had shot into a crowd of people. Now that several hours have passed, more of the story has come out. It appears that the shooter targeted one specific co-worker and shot him multiple times. He then walked out of the building. By the time he had exited the building, police had been notified and start chasing him. The shooter then turned around and pointed his gun at the police. The police then fired off 16 rounds, killing the shooter. However, 9 other people were injured by all those bullets that were sent ricocheting. 

I'm torn on how I feel about this. I absolutely feel the officers did the right thing by firing back (they had a gun pointed towards them!) but 16 rounds? I don't know, I guess they just panicked. But it's upsetting that all those other people were injured by the excessive bullets. Thank God no one else was killed.

What do you think?

Lisa

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Sat, 08-25-2012 - 2:20pm

I agree that the police officers had to shoot...I just think that they overdid it.  The shooter was shot 7 times...one police officer fired his gun 9 times & the other 7 times. Considering the crowded nature of that area, I'd think that the officers would have been a little less  'enthusiatic' in their response. 

 nwtreehugger  

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The latest reports say all 9 bystanders were shot by the cops.

Maybe we should take guns out of the hands of cops that stupidly shoot innocent people.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/25/nypd-shooting-bystander-victims-hit-by-police-gunfire/
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This morning's news reports (with video), say that the guy never fired his gun at cops once.

This is disturbing on so many levels.
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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 12:37pm
It's also disturbing that the shooter walked up & shot his former co-worker, a husband & father, 3 times in cold blood. The police over reacted, no doubt. That needs to be addressed as well.

 nwtreehugger  

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People are going to continue to kill each other, with guns or not.

The cops didn't just overreact, they turned into lunatics and should be charged with murder and attempted murder, several times over.