A man was found shot in the chest outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan this morning. The New York Post reports the man was found just before 9 a.m. sitting slumped outside of the building at 47th St. and 6th Avenue. The skyscraper houses the Post as well as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street Journal, and other News Corp. and 21st Century Fox media entities.
The NYPD believes the man may have shot himself. A small-caliber pistol was found on the ground next to him. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.
Last April, a car crashed into the building, injuring 5 people.
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
More, from the Post:
Prior to the shooting, the man was heard protesting Fox News, saying that the news channel ruined his life, a source said.
More from the Wall Street Journal: The man has been identified as 41-year-old Phillip Perea, a former employee of a Fox station in Austin, Texas. Perea posted this 8-minute video, part of a series called “The American Workplace Bully,” to YouTube: “2014 was the worst year of my life, and with a new year it is time for FOX to have the worst year of its existence.”
More: TVNewser obtained this note from Jack Abernethy, CEO of FOX Television Stations:
To All Employees—
This morning, a former employee at FOX 7-KTBC (Austin) committed suicide outside FOX Television Stations’ (FTS) headquarters in New York City. He was employed at our Austin television station for ten months and has not been with the station or FTS since June 2014. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.