All nine people who were wounded in a shootout outside Empire State Building here were injured by shots fired by the New York police officers as they were confronting a gunman after he had killed his former co-worker.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters here that all the nine people, who were innocent bystanders and got caught in the exchange between police and lone gunman Jeffrey Johnson, were injured as two uniformed policemen fired shots.
Kelly said the bystanders were not hit directly by the police, but rather the officers' struck "flowerpots and other objects around, so... their bullets fragmented and, in essence, that's what caused the wounds".
The two officers fired a total of 16 rounds - one fired nine, the other seven. Neither officer was injured.
Three bystanders were hit by bullets, while six more got struck by fragments.
The wounded were treated at New York city hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening and six of the victims have been released from the hospital.
New York Mayor Michael Blooomberg had said yesterday that some of the nine people "may have been shot accidentally by the police officers who responded immediately and while confronting the suspect".
Bloomberg said the injured, two women and seven men, were rushed to the hospitals.
They are "not seriously wounded" are are expected to "recover quickly".
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The two Congress Cabinet ministers, accused in Jagan Reddy disproportionate assets case, submitted their resignations to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday night.
Teachers and students of Delhi University on Sunday marched towards the residence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, demanding the scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
A US-based Sikh group on Monday said that it will challenge the decision of an American district court last week to dismiss alleged human rights violations case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
After two years of rule, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appears to have squandered the overwhelming mandate voters gave her, but as West Bengal gears up for panchayat polls, it seems that the TMC has the advantage as the Left is yet to regroup.
The heat wave has well swept across North India with national capital Delhi simmering at 44.6 degrees celsius on Sunday.