At first, the 39-year-old woman found bleeding from the head on Lenox Avenue just after midnight on Tuesday morning looked like the latest victim of increasing gun violence in the city. Then, shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday, police determined she had been stabbed, not shot. Before the day's end, the NYPD reclassified the death again, acknowledging for the first time that they didn't actually know how the woman died. Now the department is investigating the death as a suicide, saying she was seen entering the apartment building near West 130th Street alone, that an alarm subsequently went off on the roof, and that her injuries are "consistent with a fall," according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

The Times reports that the changing theories about her death confused locals:

The turnabout — apparently the result of a misreading of the fatal wound by emergency medical workers — by turns reassured residents who had feared a random act of violence and unnerved others who suspected a cover-up.

It also made for a muted Stop the Violence Rally and Vigil, which had been planned by residents early in the day for Tuesday afternoon.

The woman, whose name still has not been released because police have yet to notify her family, had a history of psychiatric problems and had previously attempted suicide, according to the Times. The Post writes that she was from the Bronx.

One local queried by the Times doesn't trust the latest version of events:

"They got three different stories," said Que Stew, who works at Astor Row Cafe on the same block. "I'm going with the first story, the gun." He added: "It's still Harlem. I don't care how many condos they build."

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.