Saturday, August 25, 2012

Empire State Gunman

Jeffrey put on a suit,
left his Manhattan apartment,
headed to the Empire State Building,
and shot his former boss.

Repeatedly, in the head.
The victim lay dead on the sidewalk.
Jeffrey kept shooting.
The third mass shooting in five weeks.

Bystanders began screaming.
Everybody was running.
Two police officers, fired on him.
Jeffrey was killed.

The neighbors described him.
“A quiet man.”
“The nicest guy.”

I’m so sorry to have to write about another shooting rampage, this time in New York City at the empire state building.  The newspaper said that it was a sunny morning with tourists lined up to take a tour and workers streaming into the building headed for their offices.

 © 2012 Catherine Giordano

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