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Reports: 2 dead after shooting at Empire State Building

One of the blocked off streets near the scene of Friday, Aug. 24's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
One of the blocked off streets near the scene of Friday, Aug. 24's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
Jim O'Grady/WNYC

A shooting outside the iconic Empire State Building this morning has reportedly left at least two people dead — one of them the gunman who first opened fire — and has shut down streets around that Manhattan landmark.

According to The Associated Press and other news outlets, someone opened fire around 9 a.m. ET and was then either shot dead by police or killed himself. Other people are reported to have been wounded — the numbers vary at this point depending on the news outlet. One bystander may have been killed as well.

As you would expect, the incident forced the closure of surrounding streets as authorities responded to the scene.

We'll keep an eye and update as warranted.

New York news outlets, obviously, are all over the story. They include:

-- Our colleagues at WNYC.

-- The New York Times' City Room blog.

-- CBS New York.

-- NY1.

Update at 10:53 a.m. ET. 10 Shot, 2 Dead, WNYC Says.

From our colleagues in New York:

"Ten people were shot and two were killed outside the Empire State Building Friday morning, WNYC confirmed. A law enforcement official says it stemmed from workplace dispute. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing."

Update at 10:40 a.m. ET. The Associated Press reviews what its reporters say they know so far:

-- "Law enforcement officials ... say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building in violence that stemmed from a workplace dispute."

-- "The gunman has been killed by police."

-- "Police say as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many of them were hit by bullets."

And as we reported earlier, there are also multiple reports that at least one other person was killed and that officials see no connection to terrorism.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. Eight Injured Being Treated; Not All May Have Been Shot:

New York City Fire Department officials say "paramedics are evaluating eight people but some of them may not have been shot," WNYC reports.

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. No Connection To Terrorism, Officials Say.

From the Times:

"Two law enforcement officials said investigators have concluded that the shooting had no connection to terrorism and that it appeared to stem from a domestic dispute of some kind. A third said it may have been sparked by a robbery or dispute in the street."

We've also updated our headline to reflect that multiple news outlets are now saying they've been told that two people are dead — one of them the gunman.

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. Reddit Reports:

There's now a Reddit thread called "Shooting Outside of Empire State Building 8/24/2012" on which some people are sharing what they say are first-hand reports from at or near the scene. Treat them as unverified reports, but understand that they likely include valuable information.

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. Reports: Two Dead? Eight Wounded? Work Dispute?

Reuters leads its latest story with this: "Two people were killed and at least eight were wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, according to a New York police source. One of the dead was the shooter, the source said, adding that there was no apparent link to terrorism."

The New York Post says it's been told by sources that this was "a dispute between coworkers [that] exploded into gunfire."

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