NEW YORK (PIX11)—The 58 year old, laid-off Manhattanite who killed his former co-worker in busy, Midtown rush hour had a daily, morning routine --ever since he lost his job at Hazan Imports.
"He would go out every morning in his brown suit and come back with a McDonald's breakfast and the New York Times," said Bill Suarez, the super at 214 East 82nd Street, where Jeffrey Johnson lived.
He saw Johnson leave the house this morning, as he always did, between 7:30 and 8 am.
But this time, Johnson didn't return.
Instead, Johnson confronted a former co-worker at Hazan Imports, a women's apparel company located at 10 West 33rd Street.
Police say Johnson shot the 41 year old victim with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he was carrying in a black bag.
When Johnson left the first shooting scene, he turned left in Fifth Avenue. A truck driver was following him and notified police.
New York City Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, said Johnson pointed his gun at cops, and that's when police opened fire near busy 34th Street, right near the Empire State Building. 9 pedestrians were wounded or grazed by bullets; Johnson was shot dead.
Johnson's super said he lived alone in Apt 12A for the last eighteen months or so. He said he saw Johnson's mother at the building twice in that time.
This morning, Suarez said "Good Morning" to Johnson, as he always did, before Johnson's morning routine took a fatal detour.