The picture above is an example of shooter Jeffrey Johnson’s artwork from his website (yet another J. Johnson who does art).
Even after he was laid off, Johnson would leave left his Upper East Side apartment building each morning in a suit, and often returned about a half hour later after going to get breakfast at McDonald's, his neighbors said.
"He was always alone," said Gisela Casella, who lived a few floors above him. "I always felt bad. I said `Doesn't he have a girlfriend?' I never saw him with anybody."
His superintendent, Guillermo Suarez, said he lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment that he was subletting from someone else. He called him a "very likable guy," who always wore a suit.
The New York Times says more about his McDonalds habit:
Mr. Johnson lived on the third floor of a six-story walk-up on East 82nd Street for about 18 months, said Guillermo Suarez, 72, the super of the building.
Every morning he had the same routine. He would leave the apartment between 7:30 and 8 a.m., say good morning and head to the McDonald’s on Third Avenue and 84th Street. After about 20 minutes, he would come back carrying a McDonald’s bag. He would nearly always wear the same thing — a tannish brown suit, sometimes with a tie. Then he would generally stay in the apartment the rest of the day.
This guy is obviously a nerdy beta-male, too socially clueless to be aware that McDonalds is low class and that you’re not supposed to wear a suit to go there. Maybe he was somewhat mentally disturbed, in denial about being fired.
I thought he might be gay because he designed women’s accessories, but from the description above he sounds like a beta-male. There’s no mention of any gay boyfriends. The guy’s artwork, featuring women and not hunky gay men, is another sign that he’s a lonely heterosexual.
So this shooting is another case of beta-male rage. In the typical beta-male rage incident, the perpetrator is a nice guy, without a girlfriend or wife, who never bothers anyone until one day he commits a violent premeditated act.
It should be noted that the shooter only intended to kill his former
boss co-worker (apparently, the victim acted like Johnson's boss, but wasn’t, which is why Johnson hated him so much) and then run away. All of the bystanders who were wounded appear to have been shot by the police who fired 16 bullets at Johnson.
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Johnson seems like this weird quiet guy, who the owners kept around because he was a hard worker even though he was weird, and Ercolino acted like an asshole to him.
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Commenter superdestroyer writes, "I will be the first one to point out that Ercolino appears to be a Guido. From New Jersey, spiked hair, tan, salesmen, and bully."