WBEZ | Empire State Building http://www.wbez.org/tags/empire-state-building Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Empire State Building shooting leads to social media payday for one Instagrammer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/empire-state-building-shooting-leads-social-media-payday-one-instagrammer-101934 <p><p>As the world tries to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932">figure out the motives of the Empire State Building shooter</a>, one random Instagram photo provides a window into the dirty underbelly of photo licensing for wire services.</p><p>Here&#39;s what we know: Instagram user mr_mookie posted <a href="http://instagram.com/p/Otkc97L8Lu/" target="_blank">a photo of a man bleeding from a head wound</a> on a curb that was geo-located to the Empire State Building. The photo&#39;s caption reads &quot;<span class="comment-text">They shoot, aw made you look! No really tho. Dude got popped!&quot;</span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://instagram.com/p/Otkc97L8Lu/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="427" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInsta.png" title="" width="620" /></a></div><p>After a few glib comments about how he couldn&#39;t be bothered to stop and help, the user added a slew of tags to the photo. After that, it was only minutes until comments started rolling in from other Instagram users claiming to be photo editors for major wire services or media outlets.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInsta2.png" title="" /></div><p>Sure enough, the photo was licensed to multiple outlets within two hours of being posted. Here it is on the Associated Press photo wire, accompanied by this caption:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This photo posted to an Instagram account belonging to a person identified as mr_mookie, an eyewitness at the scene, shows a victim of a shooting being tended to by pedestrians outside the Empire State Building in New York, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. The identity or condition of the victim was not immediately known. Law enforcement officials in New York City say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building in violence that stemmed from a workplace dispute, and that the gunman has been killed by police. The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. Friday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. (AP Photo/mr_mookie via Instagram)&quot;</p></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="423" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingAP.png" title="" width="619" /></div><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/mr.mook" target="_blank">A Facebook account for Muhammad Malik</a> is linked from the mr_mookie Instagram account. Malik soon started posting about all the reporters calling him about the photo:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB.png" style="height: 227px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>Then he turned to talking about getting paid for the photo and defending the glib caption.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB2.png" style="height: 222px; width: 300px;" title="" /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingFB3.png" style="height: 251px; width: 300px;" title="" /></div><p>He has a point -- I&#39;m not sure who to be more disgusted by: the media&#39;s bottomless appetite for photos of violence or the photographer&#39;s numb reaction. Interestingly, when the Aurora shooting happened mr_mookie had a much more somber response:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/esbshootingInstaBatman.png" style="height: 430px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/empire-state-building-shooting-leads-social-media-payday-one-instagrammer-101934 Several people shot outside Empire State Building http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP122117404151.jpg" style="float: right; height: 456px; width: 300px; " title="Police crime scene tape blocks 34th St. at Fifth Avenue after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)" />A laid-off women&#39;s accessories designer shot a former coworker to death in front of the&nbsp;Empire&nbsp;State&nbsp;Building, causing a chaotic showdown with police Friday in front of one of the world&#39;s best-known landmarks. Police killed the suspect and at least nine others were wounded, some possibly by police gunfire, city officials said.</p><p>Some of the wounded were grazed by bullets and others hit directly, but all were expected to survive, officials said.</p><p>The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the&nbsp;building&nbsp;at around 9 a.m., a time of day when the sidewalks around the&nbsp;building&nbsp;are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.</p><p>&quot;People were yelling &#39;Get down! Get down!&quot;, said Marc Engel, an accountant who was on a bus in the area when he heard the shots. &quot;It took about 15 seconds, a lot of &#39;pop, pop, pop, pop, one shot after the other.&quot;</p><p>Afterward, he saw the sidewalks littered with the wounded, including one person &quot;dripping enough blood to leave a stream.&quot;</p><p>After the shootout, crowds of tourists and people on their way to work gathered along 34th Street, which was shut down by police. Police helicopters buzzed overhead and swarms of officers were gathered around the crime scene.</p><p>Jeffrey Johnson, 58, was laid off about a year ago at Hazan Imports and fired three times at the company&#39;s 41-year-old office manager, shooting the man in the head, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The two had traded accusations of harassment when Johnson worked there, he said.</p><p>Johnson walked away, and a construction worker who saw the shooting followed Johnson and alerted police, officials said. Surveillance video footage shows Johnson reaching into a bag, pulling out a .45-caliber pistol and pointing it at officers, Kelly said. The officers drew their weapons and started firing, killing Johnson, Kelly said.</p><p>Kelly initially said that Johnson fired on officers, but police said later they were trying to determine whether Johnson actually fired shots.</p><p>The two officers fired a total of 14 rounds, he said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the nine wounded may have been shot by police in the mayhem. Johnson&#39;s semi-automatic weapon was equipped to fire at least eight rounds; at least one round was left in the clip, police said.</p><p>Johnson worked at the company near the&nbsp;building&nbsp;for about six years and was laid off because of downsizing, Kelly said.</p><p>&quot;We were just working here and we just heard bang, bang, bang!&quot; said Mohammed Bachchu, 22, of Queens, a worker at a nearby souvenir shop. He said he rushed from the&nbsp;building&nbsp;and saw seven people lying on the ground, covered in blood.</p><p>Queens resident Rebecca Fox, 27, said she saw people running down the street and initially thought it was a celebrity sighting, but then saw a woman shot in the foot and a man dead on the ground.</p><p>&quot;I was scared and shocked and literally shaking,&quot; she said. She said police seemed to appear in seconds. &quot;It was like CSI, but it was real.&quot;</p><p>Hassam Cissa, 22, of the Bronx, said he saw two bodies on the ground and police applying a white cloth to a man&#39;s stomach wound.</p><p>Gunshots so close to one of the city&#39;s leading tourist attractions immediately prompted fears of terrorism, but federal officials said that wasn&#39;t the case, and a guard at skyscraper said it didn&#39;t involve the parts of the&nbsp;building&nbsp;where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.</p><p>The gunfire came less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police near Times Square, another tourist-saturated part of the city. Authorities say police shot 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy after he lunged at officers with a kitchen knife Aug. 12. Kennedy was smoking marijuana in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon when officers first approached, police said. It was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven crowded blocks.</p><p>&nbsp;In 1997, a gunman opened fire on the 86th floor observation deck of the&nbsp;Empire&nbsp;State&nbsp;Building, killing one tourist and wounding six others before fatally shooting himself.</p><p><em>Alex Katz, Samantha Gross and Julie Walker contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/several-people-shot-outside-empire-state-building-101932