Friday morning’s deadly shooting at the Empire State Building led to at least one through-the-looking-glass moment that illuminated both the journalistic power and bizarre connections only social media can provide. It all started when Instagram user @mr_mookie posted a violent photo, which shows a bleeding victim sprawled on the sidewalk outside the Empire State Building.

(Editor’s note: Due to the photo’s graphic nature, Mashable has decided not to post the image high up in this story, but it’s embedded at the bottom.)

The accompanying caption — “They shoot, aw made you look! No really tho. Dude got popped!” — quickly engendered outrage from commenters on Instagram and Twitter. It…
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