AP Photos: Scenes from the chaotic NYC shooting

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An official inspects evidence near the Empire State Building in New York following a shooting Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Police say a recently laid-off worker shot a former colleague to death near the iconic skyscraper, then randomly opened fire on people nearby before firing on police. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said some of the victims may have been hit by police bullets as police and the gunman exchanged fire. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK (AP) — A laid-off clothing designer fatally shoots an executive at his former company outside the Empire State Building, setting off a showdown with police. Officers killed the gunman and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said.

The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the building at around 9 am, when pedestrians packed sidewalks and merchants were opening their shops.

Here are some of the images of the chaotic showdown.