A man fell about thirty feet at the Queens Mall a little after noon today. According to the FDNY, the unidentified man, who is approximately 35-years-old, was transferred to Elmhurst hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
According to the FDNY, the incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the Queens Center Mall on Queens Boulevard near 90th Street. According to witnesses, he appears to have jumped, though the FDNY would not comment on that.
@nancpl Heard it, then saw victim. Happened inside! Victim was on 3rd or 4th level and jumped to marble floor on 1st level.
— JoAnna Negron (@TherealDove) February 27, 2013
After falling, reports say the man appeared to move around on the ground. One witness says the mall quickly erupted into "chaos" after the fall. Making the matter more disturbing, images of a man on the ground quickly appeared on Twitter (click here if you must).
According to the Daily News' sources, "surveillance footage captured the man pacing back and forth before he removed his headphones and made the terrifying leap in front of several shoppers."
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