Ex-Rockland Man Killed in Empire State Shooting

Nanuet raised Steven Ercolino, 41, was shot and killed by a disgruntled ex-employee near Empire State Building in N.Y. on Friday, August 24.

Ercolino was the vice president at Hazan Import Corp., a clothing and accessories importer, where Jeffrey Johnson, 53, had been laid off from about a year ago. Ercolino had moved from Nanuet to Orange County about six years ago and then recently to New Jersey.

Just after 9 a.m. on Friday, Johnson walked up to Ercolino, put a gun to his head and fired without saying anything. Once Ercolinco fell to the ground, Johnson shot him four more times. Johnson then walked up Fifth Avenue and shot at approaching police officers. In the shooting, five woman and four men bystanders were injured but none are believed to be life threatening.