New York, NY (WIBX) - The management team responsible for operations at the Empire State Building is expressing concern for the victims of this morning's shootings and appreciation for the New York Police Department.

 

Jeffrey Johnson shot and fatally wounded his former co-worker, a 41-year old whose identity has not yet been released.  It is being reported that he was a designer of women's accessories at apparel company Hazan Imports, located in close proximity to the Empire State Building.

The text of the statement by Anthony Malkin, of Malkin Holdings, is below:

"Today, a disgruntled employee of a company which neighbors the Empire State Building fatally shot a former co-worker.  Two police officers who are part of the NYPD's normal coverage of the area around the Empire State Building approached and fatally shot the man.  Nine others were injured in the shooting. This unfortunate event had nothing to do with the Empire State Building or with terrorism.  The Empire State Building and its Observatories remained open throughout, and continue to be open and operating.  At no time was there any related activity in the building.  We express our deepest concern for those innocents who were hurt and our appreciation to the NYPD."