NEW YORK CITY -

New York City officials say at least 1 person is dead and 9 are injured after a disgruntled former employee opened fire outside the Empire State Building. The shooter is also dead after a confrontation with police.

Fifty-six-year-old Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the building. He was shot dead by police.

Nine others were hit by gunfire. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that some of the victims may have been hit by police bullets. The victims are expected to survive.  A woman from Chapel Hill was among those injured, but her name has not been released.

Johnson was laid off about a year ago from a company housed in the Empire State Building.

A woman who saw the shooting outside the Empire State Building tells her mother that the gunman came from behind two cars, pulled out a gun, put it up to a former co-worker's head and shot him three times without saying a word.

Carol Timan tells The Associated Press that her daughter Irene called her minutes after the Friday morning shooting.