Police said a man fatally shot himself outside Fox News' New York City headquarters Monday morning.
"An unidentified male sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest and was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead," an NYPD spokesperson told TheBlaze in an email, later confirming that the deceased was 41-year-old Phillip Perea of Irving, Texas.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the man was a former employee of a Fox TV station in Austin, Texas, and was handing out fliers protesting his employer for having "ended his career" just before he shot himself in the chest.
The New York Post reported that the man was discovered just before 9 a.m., slumped in front of the News Corporation building at Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street. A small-caliber pistol was found on the ground next to him.
Fox News' Geraldo Rivera tweeted that the man may have handed a security guard a note before shooting himself.
Unconfirmed but word is someone handed security guard a note then went outside and shot himself in front of my Fox News office. Unconfirmed.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) January 26, 2015
The man may have been distressed over his recent firing from the Texas Fox affiliate, as a series of disturbing YouTube videos chronicles.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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