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Empire State Building shooting: 2 dead, 10 injured

Two people are dead and 10 hurt after a morning shooting outside one of the busiest tourist sites in New York City.

New York Fire Department confirmed to the Star that the shooting left two dead. Ten more people, a spokesman said, were being treated for injuries.

“We don’t know if they are all shot.”

Associated Press and Reuters quoted police sources as saying the shooter was one of the dead.

A witness told the AP the shooter had been firing indiscriminately.

A body, covered with the white sheet, lay outside the Empire State Building more than an hour later.

A line of tourists had already collected outside the Empire State Building at 34th St. and Fifth Ave. when the shooting started.

A fire department spokesman says it received a call about the shooting just after at 9 a.m. Friday and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.

Aliyah Imam told Fox 5 News that she was standing at a red light when a woman standing next to her fell to the ground. She said the woman was hit in the hip. She said the gunman was “shooting indiscriminately at people.”

“I heard the gunshots,” said Dahlia Anister, 33, who works at an office near the 102-storey Empire State Building. “It was like pop, pop, pop. It was definitely in a bunch.”

The shooting broke out at the height of the tourist season outside one of New York City’s most popular attractions, startling tourists and commuters in one of the busiest areas of the city.

The building is two blocks from Pennsylvania Station, one of New York City’s main transportation hubs.

The United States has had two other mass shootings this summer. On July 20, James Holmes, 24, allegedly opened fire at a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and wounding 58.

On Aug. 5, a gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee before police shot him dead in an attack authorities treated as an act of domestic terrorism.

With files from Reuters and Associated Press

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