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Gunman opens fire outside New York's Empire State building

An unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire outside the iconic Empire State Building here today killing one person and injuring ten others, before being shot down by the police, the third such incident in the US in nearly one month.

"Ten people were injured and the shooter was shot down," a New York Police Department spokesperson told PTI.

Official sources said FBI is also investigating the incident and it is on the scene of the shooting.

Empire state shootout
TV grab shows the police cordoning off the area.

As per preliminary inputs, shooting was apparently sparked by a dispute between co-workers at a business located inside the Empire State Building, also a popular tourist destination.

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, and a third said it may have been sparked by a robbery or dispute in the street, the New York Times said in a report.

Construction worker Chris Ogden was working on a scaffold above the building's 33rd Street entrance when he watched in disbelief as the gunman in a suit and carrying a briefcase opened fire, New York Daily News said.

"He shot the guy in the head," said Ogden, 23. "The guy went down. He took a second shot when he was down".

The well-dressed shooter then "walked down the block, like nothing was happening, real casual," Ogden said. "We were screaming from the top, 'It's the guy in the grey suit!'" the report quoted him.

The Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, and one of New York City's best-known tourist attractions. Each year, about 4 million people visit the building's two observation decks. At more than 1,453 feet tall, the landmark building reaches more than a quarter-mile into the sky.

This is the third shootout in US in the three and the second this month. On August 5, a white supremacist had opened fire in a Gurdwara in Wisconsin killing six Sikh worshippers. On July 20, a gunman had opened fire in a Colorado theatre killing 12 and injuring 57. 

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