Rihanna, Nicki Minaj pay tribute to Empire State Building shooting victims

Two people died and nine were injured in Manhattan earlier today

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj pay tribute to Empire State Building shooting victims

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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:

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