Two people died and nine were injured in Manhattan earlier today

Rihanna and Nicki Minaj have sent their ‘prayers’ and ‘love’ to the victims of a shooting which took place earlier today (August 24) near the Empire State Building in New York City.

Two people – including the gunman – died and at least nine people were wounded in the attack.

The gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, killed his former manager Steven Ercolino, after being laid off as a women’s accessories designer from a fashion business based in Manhattan, near the iconic Empire State Building.

When the police arrived on the scene, a gun battle took place, in which four women and five men were injured. The Guardian reports that none of the victims are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Rihanna sent her ‘prayers’ to the victims via Twitter, writing:

While Nicki Minaj wrote: “Sorry to hear about this New York shooting. Sending love to the families & friends of the victims.”

Music industry titan Russell Simmons tweeted:

British singer and rapper Jay Sean wrote: