Updated 08/25/2012 04:37 PM
Investigators Still Probe Friday Shooting Near Empire State Building
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Things are back to normal outside the Empire State Building Saturday but investigators are still looking into Friday's shooting
that sent pedestrians running for cover.
Police said 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot former co-worker Steven Ercolino five times Friday morning on 33rd Street.
At least two witnesses followed Johnson and pointed him out to officers assigned to the Empire State Building.
Surveillance video shows the officers approaching Johnson, who turns his gun on them before being shot dead.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that it did not appear that Johnson fired his weapon at police.
"The final count of the shells, it appears that's not the case," he said. "We looked at the two rounds that remained sort of in his possession. One was in the magazine. The other was ejected from the weapon."
Police said Johnson bought his .45 caliber weapon legally in Florida in 1991 but didn't own a permit to have it in New York.
Nine bystanders were wounded during the shooting.
"We think a total of three of the nine victims were struck with bullets," Kelly said. "The rest with fragments of some sort."
Kelly said on NY1's "Inside City Hall" Friday night that the officers acted appropriately.
"The officers had no alternative, in my judgement," he said. "This all happens, probably, as far as they're concerned, within five seconds. They're informed that the individual just killed someone around the corner. When they go to approach him, he takes out the weapon, they take out their weapons, they shoot."
Johnson's victim was his former boss at Hazan Imports, a women's apparel company.
Police said he had an ongoing dispute with the 41-year-old Ercolino, which continued after Johnson was laid off last year.
Reactions to the shooting were mixed Saturday.
"For English people, it's surprising because we don't really get a lot of gun crime back home," said one person. "But I've been here for a few months now in America so to me, it's not that surprising anymore. But it does make me a little nervous when I come out."
"There's police everywhere so we're safe," said another. "It's very few bad guys [that] make things bad for everybody."