Two dead, one of them the gunman, and nine wounded at the Empire State Building. The wounded may have been hit by accident in the crossfire rather than specifically targeted and some may have been shot in that crossfire by the police rather than the gunman. The gunman used a rifle or shotgun rather than extended-clip handgun or semi-automatic assault weapon.
There’s so much about this shooting that says it wouldn’t have made the national news if it hadn’t been at such a landmark address; if it had happened in the slums behind the downtown of several big cities it might not even have made state-wide news – shootings just like this are just that common in the U.S.
That they are so common, though, shouldn’t be a reason to say “meh” and turn away. That the grind of non-headline gun murders is so huge should be an even greater spur to action, to making it gradually more difficult for people to kill other people by starting the process of decommissioning the vast American gun stockpile. Sure, knives can be used to kill people too – but it takes far more of what most people don’t have to use physical effort to kill a person up close than it does to point a bit of metal and go “bang”.