NYPD: Unclear why Empire State shooter chose day

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Associated Press

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 3:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the man who shot his former co-worker to death outside the Empire State Building last week told his landlord he was leaving and not returning.

Jeffrey Johnson left his keys and said he wouldn't be back after Friday, the day of the shooting. Police shot and killed Johnson when he pointed a gun at them after killing former co-worker Steven Ercolino. Nine bystanders were wounded by police gunfire, ricochets and fragments. They suffered non-life-threatening gunshot and graze wounds.

Kelly says Johnson's landlord wanted him out of his apartment temporarily to do work, and Johnson told him that "things would be taken care of." It's not clear why he chose last Friday.

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