Man recalls helping stop gunman near NYC landmark

Construction worker says he was determined to stop the shooter from getting away


Associated Press

NEW YORK  — A construction worker who alerted police to a gunman who shot a former coworker near the Empire State Building says he was determined to stop the shooter from getting away.

Brian Dillon tells the Daily News that he saw Jeffrey Johnson walking away into the Fifth Avenue crowd after Friday's shooting.

Police say Johnson killed Steven Ercolino outside a building where they had worked together.

Dillon was working on a loading dock outside the Empire State Building when he saw Johnson pumping shots into the head of a man on the sidewalk.

Dillon followed the gunman and flagged down two officers. Johnson pulled out a gun and was shot to death. Nine bystanders were wounded.

Dillon says he's just glad he was there to help.

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