From the BBC News site:
"Two people are dead, including a gunman, and up to eight others are wounded in a shootout near New York's Empire State Building, officials say. The gunman was reportedly killed by police, and officials said eight others were wounded in the rush-hour incident in the heart of Manhattan....Some of those hit by bullets may have been accidentally hit by police, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference. But he said their injuries were not life-threatening and they were expected to make a full recovery...One woman, Aliyah Imam, told TV station Fox 5 News that the gunman was "shooting indiscriminately at people"."
The gunman was shooting indiscriminately at people? And so were the fucking police by all accounts! This happens far too often - Officer Smith, in the heat of the moment, whips out his police issue Glock and starts shooting off rounds *towards* the perceived threat. When one learns to shoot and takes carry permit classes one is taught that everything that happens to your bullet, from the moment it leaves the barrel to the moment it impacts the "Bad Guy", is YOUR responsibility. And without constant training (and possibly even then) you WILL fire wildly under pressure, you will not be in your Weaver stance, you will not think "front site". You WILL grab the trigger and keep grabbing it until you're out of ammo. And all those bullets are your responsibility.
I wonder how much practice time, and live fire time and shooter-drill time those cops had. And I wonder if any of them will be held responsible for their bullets? Actually, no I don't.