All of the people wounded in New York at the Empire State Building yesterday were shot by the two police officers responding to the original crime.
All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.
The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-wearing gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when he whirled and pointed a .45-caliber pistol as they approached him from behind on a busy sidewalk.
Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times. Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times, police said. Neither had ever fired their weapons before on a patrol.
I was not there, obviously. I cannot say what the exact conditions were. But this cries out for investigation. Not an investigation by the NYPD, either. There appear to be too many stray shots, not properly aimed. Appears. The facts need to be determined.
Again, I was not there and this may be simply unfortunate circumstances and the way the situation unfolded. But it still needs to be looked at independently.