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A few hours after the shooting outside the Empire State Building, while police tried to contain the scene of the crime, curious on-lookers, tourists, and media crews descended upon the spot (as seen in the pictures).
The police extended the Do Not Cross yellow tape. The victim's body was not visible, but pretty soon a few eye-witnesses emerged, willing to talk to the press, and show the gruesome picture.
The victim had been shot in the face, and then bullets were pumped into his body. One of the witnesses said he heard 6 shots. His first instinct was to hide in case the shooter - who had his back to him - came towards him. A witness who worked at the Empire State Building also shared an amateur video with CNN-IBN (watch below), but didn't want to come on camera.
The scene itself became fairly surreal, with reporters thronging anyone willing to speak.
Just round the corner, though the city was proceeding at its normal hectic pace.
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Amrita Tripathi is a news anchor with CNN-IBN, and also doubles up as Health and Books Editor. An MA in Philosophy from St Stephen's College, Delhi University, she has also taught a few undergraduate classes at her alma mater, informally! When she is not tracking health issues, Amrita is busy chasing the literary dream. Her debut novel Broken News was published in 2010. Before joining CNN-IBN, Amrita worked with The Indian Express.