Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, a shooting erupted near the Empire State Building in New York City. At least two people are confirmed dead.
WNBC first reported the news in a local update during the “Today” show at 9:26 a.m. Michael Gargiulo began anchoring continuing coverage at 9:37 a.m., with helicopter reporter Kai Simonsen contributing.
The stations’ coverage of the shooting was not immune to pranksters. During a phone interview on WABC, Lipof asked a witness what happened to the gunman. “Howard Stern came in and took him,” the caller replied.
Lipof moved quickly to disconnect and correct the information, saying, “It really is a shame and is pitiful that people have to do that.”
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