At approximately 9:00 AM, several people were shot near the Empire State Building. According to a 9:36 AM report in the New York Times:
Several people were shot by a man who was either inside or just outside the Empire State Building shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, according to the police and the Fire Department. The shooter was killed by the police.
The precise number of people who were shot or their conditions was unknown, but several victims were being treated at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.
The shooting caused a major traffic backup in the area with surrounding streets closed.