Multiple People Shot Near Empire State Building

By Cristina Frank

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM EDT

New York, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York City police are investigating a mass shooting outside the Empire State Building.

At least two people including the alleged gunman are reported dead, nine others wounded.

From CBS News's Manuel Gallegus:

It was around 9 a.m. when shots rang out near the Empire State Building on New York's Fifth Avenue.

"A man who had been fired about a year ago began shooting," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Witnesses say the gunman started firing indiscriminately into the crowds of commuters and tourists. Victims fell to the ground while others made it inside the skyscraper's lobby.

Emergency crews responded within minutes to treat the injured and closing off some of the City's busiest streets.

The 102-story Empire State Building is not only popular with tourists but it is also the City's tallest occupied building.

The FBI is now involved in the investigation into the shooting. So far, there is no apparent link to terrorism.