As Twitchy reported this morning, there was a shooting at the Empire State Building. Reports indicate that the shooter and one victim are dead, with as many as eight injured.
breaking news- Bloomberg 11:00 AM Update on Shooting at Empire State Building with Police Commissioner Kelly. Gunman dead.
— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 24, 2012
Waiting for newser with NY Police Commissioner & Mayor Bloomberg in 4 minutes to give latest in Empire State shooting
— Cambi Brown (@CambiBrown) August 24, 2012
Press at Empire State Bldg. We're waiting for Mayor Bloomberg's press conf any min. pic.twitter.com/NolYQZ6b
— Lisa Guerrero (@4lisaguerrero) August 24, 2012
Will he politicize the tragedy, as is his usual tendency?
Empire State Buildings RT @iowahawkblog: So what's Bloomberg going to ban now?
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 24, 2012
Now Mayor Bloomberg is to give a press conference on the shooting. Bring on the anti-gun rhetoric…
— Joe Oleksak (@jaoleksak) August 24, 2012
Twitchy will monitor and cover the press conference live. Check back for updates.
Update: Possible third fatality at Empire State shooting, Bloomberg, NYPD chief Kelly about to do press conf. 35th & 5th.
— Nathan James (@Nathan__James) August 24, 2012
Video available here:
LIVE VIDEO: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to address Empire State Building shooting in minutes … http://t.co/r6AOG8Bn
— fox8news (@fox8news) August 24, 2012
8 mins and counting. MT @stefanjbecket: Bloomberg would make great president. He's already perfected art of being late to press conferences.
— Harrison Golden (@harrisongolden) August 24, 2012
RT @NYTMetro: Mayor tells State Sen Malcolm Smith that worker fired from store shot store mgr in face, then started shooting others.
— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) August 24, 2012
This Twitter user grossly hopes Mayor Bloomberg will ghoulishly politicize the shooting.
As a big proponent of the Anti-Gun regulation Mayor Bloomberg is within his right to go ape on the federal government
— Sagar Sriramagiri (@sagarch) August 24, 2012
Bloomberg finally arrives.
Bloomberg: A man who had been fired from his job about a year or so started shooting.
— Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) August 24, 2012
Bloomberg: Some may have been "accidentally" shot by police.
— Patrick Flanary (@Slow_News_Day) August 24, 2012
Uh oh RT @NewYorkPost: BREAKING: ESB bystanders were shot by cops: Mayor Bloomberg
— James (@Chillednigga317) August 24, 2012
— Matt Soleyn (@MattSoleyn) August 24, 2012
NYC Mayor Bloomberg states that Emp State shooting gunmen fired worker, killed, Jeffrey Johnson shooter.
— Leslee ll (@Echo2Zs) August 24, 2012
Bloomberg – Tape clearly showed perpetrator pulled out gun and tried to fire on NYPD. 2 officers. No other shots involved.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 24, 2012
CNN's Don Lemon reacts.
@ImBusyReading then you're watching a different press conference.
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) August 24, 2012
And, Bloomberg goes for the ghoulish politicization on the backs of dead and injured.
Bloomberg: "New York City is the safest city in the country but we are not immune to the national problem of gun violence." #ESB
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 24, 2012
"There's an awful lot of guns out there" said Bloomberg at the end of his statement.
— Conz Preti (@conz) August 24, 2012
"And once again, there's an awful lot of guns out there" – Bloomberg reiterated his gun control stance at end of Empire State conference.
— Joel Gunter (@joelmgunter) August 24, 2012
The full text of Bloomberg's statement is available here.