Two shot dead near Empire State

TWO people are dead and eight people are recovering in hospital after a gunman opened fire on Friday near New York City's Empire State Building.

Police say the shooting was not an act of terrorism, but rather an incident involving a disgruntled worker.

Jeffrey Johnson, 58, a fashion accessories designer, was fired a year ago from Hazan Imports, located near the Empire State Building.

Shortly after 9am (local time) he shot a 41-year-old former Hazan co-worker three times at close range with a .45-calibre handgun.

As police closed in on him on the sidewalk, Johnson turned his gun on them and officers shot back and killed him, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Read more at ABC news online.

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