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(NEW YORK) — The New York Police Department released surveillance video showing the moment two officers opened fire on a man who had just gunned down a former work acquaintance in front of the Empire State Building.

Police said Jeffrey Johnson shot Steven Ercolino, a former co-worker on Friday and then stood over his prone body, pumping more bullets into him.

The surveillance tape shows Johnson walking up Fifth Avenue with a black bag holding his weapon. He then has a dramatic and deadly confrontation with officers.

The 58-year-old former fashion designer turned his gun on the officers who were standing 8-feet away from him, however it appeared to have jammed, police said.

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Johnson was killed by a hail of police gunfire as bystanders ran through the streets, trying to escape the shooting.

At least nine people were wounded, likely by police bullets or flying shards from planters that were hit, police said.

The saga unfolded shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday in New York’s bustling midtown area.

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