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Two People Killed, Eight Wounded At Empire State Shooting

Last updated on Friday, August 24, 2012

(NEW YORK) - Two people were killed and eight others were wounded Friday in front of the Empire State Building in New York, a law enforcement official tells CNN.

The shooter was among the dead.

The gunman was shot and killed by police, the New York Police Department reported.

Authorities converged on the building around 9 a.m. after reports of gunfire.

Police have closed several several streets around 5th Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan.

New York resident Max Kaplan, 22, said he heard at least nine gunshots.

He said several ambulances have arrived at the scene."We're all very shaken up at the office," he said.

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.

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