As details emerge as to the character of the Empire State building shooter, Jeffrey Johnson, details are also emerging as to the type of man Steven Ercolino his victim, was as well.
sfgate: Wearing a suit and tie and carrying a briefcase, women’s accessories designer Jeffrey Johnson walked up to the import company vice president, Steven Ercolino, put a gun to his head and fired five times without saying a word, authorities said.
A witness told investigators that Johnson shot Ercolino once in the head and, after he fell to the sidewalk, stood over him and shot him again. The gunman walked away and calmly turned up 5th Avenue, where he blended in with the crowd, police said.
“Jeffrey just came from behind two cars, pulled out his gun, put it up to Steve’s head and shot him,” said Carol Timan, whose daughter, Irene, was walking to Hazan Imports at the time with Ercolino.
Johnson, 58, and Ercolino had traded accusations of harassment when Johnson worked there, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Johnson had been laid off about a year ago. Police said he blamed the victim, believing Ercolino had failed to aggressively promote his line of women’s T-shirts.
According to a police source, Johnson shot Ercolino twice up close—the first was to kill, the second for “revenge.”
gothamist: Ercolino worked as a vice president of sales at Hazan Import, according to his LinkedIn profile. “He was an incredible family man, loved his family,” Ercolino’s sister-in-law Andrea told the Journal about the victim, adding that he was the “best uncle to my children.” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly added during the press conference that Johnson and Ercolino were involved in an “ongoing dispute”—they were cross complainants in a harassment case. The NY Times added that Ecolino’s co-worker confirmed that fact, saying the victim had an order of protection against Johnson after a physical altercation in which “Johnson elbowed Steve Ercolino. Ercolino grabbed him by throat, said do that again & I’ll kill you.”
And now he has just gone done that. Mercilessly killed Steven Ercolino…