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Empire State Shooter's Mom: Police Justified in Killing Him

Police say Jeffrey Johnson gunned down his former colleague outside one of the city's most iconic landmarks during the morning rush hour Friday

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    Jeffery Johnson (left) shot and killed his former co-worker Steven Ercolino (right) on Friday outside of the Empire State Building.

    The mother of the gunman in the Empire State Building shooting says she doesn't blame police for killing him, but she still thinks of him as kind-hearted and caring.

    Jeffrey Johnson's mother also told The New York Times on Monday that her son said his life was "diminished tenfold" after his beloved cat died.

    Wake Held For Empire State Building Shooting Victim

    [NY] Wake Held For Empire State Building Shooting Victim
    The 41-year-old man police say was shot and killed outside the Empire State Building by a former co-worker is being remembered by family and friends. News 4's Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012)

    The Times says she asked that her first name and the town in Georgia where she lives be withheld to protect her privacy.

    She says her son learned to be an expert marksman while serving in the Coast Guard.

    Empire State Building Shooting Victim Mourned

    [NY] Empire State Building Shooting Victim Mourned
    Co-workers mourn Steven Ercolino as a Mass is scheduled for Wednesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains. Meanwhile, many of the businesses near the Empire State Building have reopened for the first time since Friday's broad daylight shooting. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 27, 2012)

    She says the NYPD was justified in shooting her son because he killed somebody. But, she says, "for me, he hasn't changed."

    Johnson fatally shot a co-worker. He was killed in a hail of police bullets.

    Shooting Victims Continue To Recover

    [NY] Shooting Victims Continue To Recover
    Most the nine victims wounded Friday in a police-involved shooting have been released from the hospital. However, three still remain. News 4's Gus Rosendale has the latest on their conditions from Bellevue Hospital in Kips Bay. (Published Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012)

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