A previous version of this story indicating that the killer was shot by police five times in the head was based on a cnn.com report. That article has since been updated to reflect the following.
NYC sidewalk killer Jeffrey Johnson wasn’t fooling around Friday morning. He shot his former boss, Steven Ercolino, five times in the head with his .45 as he entered his office building. When confronted a few minutes later by two NYPD patrolmen, he only got off one shot before being dropped by incoming fire . . .
It looks like New York’s finest were aiming for center of mass after all. The cops sent sixteen rounds in Johnson’s direction.
Johnson died from nine gunshot wounds in his chest, the medical examiner’s office said. Three bullets were recovered from his body, while another four bullets exited his body, the medical examiner said. No explanation was given for two apparently unaccounted for bullets.
Setting aside the missing rounds, that’s en even better hit rate than originally reported. Assuming those two phantom bullets passed through Johnson, that makes seven misses and six through-and-through shots that were sent into the busy rush hour crowd at 34th and 5th. Which officially qualifies it as a walking on water level miracle that no bystanders were killed.