A tragic shooting took place at the Empire State Building in the morning hours of Friday. At 9:00 a.m. local time, a gunman opened fire on a crowd at the monument, killing one and wounding eight others before being killed by police.
Celebrities have spoken up on Twitter with their reactions to the shooting.
Adrienne Bailon shared her shock at hearing the story...
Praying for Everyone involved in the shooting at the Empire State Building.— Adrienne Bailon (@Adrienne_Bailon) August 24, 2012
Then came the sympathies from the Kardashian clan.
My Prayers going out to the families of the victims of The Empire State Building shooting..so so sad.....— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) August 24, 2012
Prayers and love being sent to the victims of the Empire State Building shooting. The violence has got to stop.— KhloéKardashianOdom (@KhloeKardashian) August 24, 2012
Sending my prayers to everyone involved with the Empire State Building shooting! This violence has got to stop!!!— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) August 24, 2012
Kim also noted that 19 people were shot in Chicago last night, urging her followers to “rethink gun laws.”
Other celebrities to add to the somber conversation on Twitter include Scooter Braun, Marlon Wayans, La La, Kevin Jonas, and even the Justin Bieber fan army. According to the Associated Press, the alleged gunman was a recently fired store worker. The reported shooter, 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot a former colleague to death with a .45-caliber pistol and then began randomly opening fire on the crowd.
On sight officers responded to the blasts in seconds and shot the gunman down.
Authorities have revealed that the shooter had been laid off a year ago from Hazan Imports, a store inside the skyscraper. Witnesses on site saw bodies on the ground and officers tending to the wounds.
With the location of the shooting, the possibility of terrorism was an initial concern but has since been ruled out by federal authorities. The AP reports that the shootings took place in a non-tourist area.
Two weeks prior to this event, police shot down another suspect named Darrius Kennedy who lunged at officers with a kitchen knife.