Empire State Building shooter Jeffrey Johnson was shot 5 times in the head by New York police officers according to the Medical Examiners Office.

Police fired  16 rounds at Johnson during their brief gun battle outside the Empire State Building as Johnson walked away after he shot . Johnson, 58, died from the five bullets to his head, and also suffered “a graze wound to the chest, but nothing that would have killed him,”  Ellen Borakove, the medical examiner’s spokeswoman told CNN.

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Nine pedestrians suffered bullet or fragment wounds,  all from shots fired by police, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Saturday.

The New York Post reports Johnson had just been evicted from his apartment which set him off. “This was the final straw that pushed him over the edge,” a police source told the New York Post. “He was blaming the victim for being out of work, having no money and now having no apartment.”

HELPING THOSE WHO GOT SHOT

A construction worker who alerted police to a gunman who shot a former co-worker near the Empire State Building says he was determined to stop the shooter from getting away.

Brian Dillon tells the Daily News in a story published Sunday that he saw Jeffrey Johnson walking away into the Fifth Avenue crowd after Friday’s shooting.

Police say Johnson killed Steven Ercolino outside a building where they had worked together.

 

 

Dillon was working on a loading dock outside the Empire State Building when he saw Johnson pumping shots into the head of a man on the sidewalk.

Dillon followed the gunman and flagged down two officers. Johnson pulled out a gun and was fatally shot. Nine bystanders were wounded.

Dillon says he’s just glad he was there to help.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.