NEW YORK (AP) — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.
The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when he whirled around and pointed a .45-caliber pistol at them as they approached him from behind on a busy sidewalk.
Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times, and Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times, police said. Neither had ever fired their weapons before on a patrol.
The volley of gunfire felled Johnson in just a few seconds and left nine other people bleeding on the sidewalk.
In the initial chaos Friday, it wasn't clear whether Johnson or the officers were responsible for the trail of the wounded, but based on ballistic and other evidence, "it appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by police," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters Saturday at a community event in Harlem.MORE BARNEY FIFE SHIT HERE
What a bunch of fucking idiots. Fifty years ago the guy would have been taken down with 1 or 2 shots from a beat cops' trusty Colt 38 and that would've been the end of the story.
Now you've evidently got a firearms training program that encourages the time proven 'Spray-n-Pray' technique and a POS PC mayor and Chief of Police that are undoubtedly going to give out some serious commendations to the two idiots shooting innocent bystanders.