Several reports have emerged about a shooting near the Empire State Building this morning. According to various reports, between two to seven people were shot at 5th Avenue and 34th Street around 9 a.m.

According to the Post, only two people were shot. However, via Twitter, the NYScanner claimed that a total of seven people were shot, including the shooter, fatally killed by police. Five of the other victims are reportedly in stable condition, while one is in serious condition.

UPDATE: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has spoken on this morning's shooting, naming the suspected gunman, 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, who fatally shot a former coworker before being pursued and killed by police. Nine people were wounded in the ensuing gunfire.

"Some may have been accidentally shot by police officers," Kelly said.

More as this grim story unfolds.

[via Gawker]