Raw Interview: Witness Describes Empire State Building Shooting

Brian Ries on August 24, 2012 14:46

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    I spoke with a witness at the scene of the Empire State Building shooting earlier this morning. Her name was Monica. She was leaving her dentist when shots rang out at 34th and 5th.


    Q: What happened when you were here this morning?

    A: When I heard I was crossing the street‹I wanted to cross the street. I
    saw two guys on the corner selling the tickets for the tours, and I was
    walking when I heard two shots. Strong. And some people falling‹was down
    on the floor. I saw that, and I started to run this way. Ok. And then I
    started to go inside to the Desigual, and the man who was next to me was

    Q: So the man was falling?

    A: Yes. And I went inside and I started to say to the people inside the
    store,²Close the door. Close the door. Turn down the music. ³ And
    suddenly I went to watch what happened outside and the man who was
    falling next to me was shot. And I saw two guys in the corner who was
    selling the tickets was shot. And that¹s it. This is everything that I
    saw. It was scary. And ok.

    Q: How many people did you see get shot? Two? Three?

    A: Three. Two in the corner. And one in the second plant that is there.
    Because I was there. And that¹s it.

    Q: Did you see the gunman get shot?

    A: No.

    Q: Did you see the gunman at all?

    A: I don¹t know. I tried to run. Because this is minutes. Imagine this
    happening in one minute. Two minutes. I don¹t know. So you don¹t want to
    see anything. You want to survive. And that¹s it.

    Q: Do you work in the area or live in the area?

    A: No. I went to the dentist one block from here.

    Q: Do you want to give your name?

    A: Monica. [Didn¹t confirm spelling.]

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