NYPD: No evidence yet gunman fired at officers

AP News
Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:38 PM
NYPD: No evidence yet gunman fired at officers

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators say the evidence collected so far suggests that a laid off clothing designer who shot a former colleague near the Empire State Building didn't fire at police.

The gunman was shot by police, and nine bystanders were wounded.

One witness tells police that Jeffrey Johnson fired at officers, but authorities say ballistics evidence so far doesn't support that.

They say Johnson's .45-caliber weapon held seven rounds. He fired five times at Steven Ercolino, killing him. One round was still in the gun, and one was ejected when officers secured it.

The nine bystanders hit by gunfire when police took down Johnson are expected to survive. They suffered graze wounds or other minor injuries.